Road Scheme

Monaghan County Council is working in partnership with Louth County Council and in association with Transport
Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to develop a scheme to upgrade a 32km section of the N2/A5 Dublin-Derry Road. The
proposed project is in Counties Monaghan and Louth, between Ardee and Castleblayney. This project is called the N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Scheme.

This is an important project to enhance key North/South and Regional connectivity and to improve road safety.
Monaghan County Council has appointed Jacobs Consulting Engineers (Jacobs) to advance the project through the planning and design process. Subject to funding, the design process will be developed in stages, with opportunities for the public to participate in the decision-making at each stage.

Project Background

The N2 Dublin to Derry route is a national primary road linking Dublin to Northern Ireland and the north west of the country, passing through the towns of Slane and Ardee, and bypassing Carrickmacross, Castleblayney and Monaghan before becoming the A5 as it passes through Northern Ireland.

In March 2007 the Chancellor of the UK Exchequer and the Taoiseach announced a major new roads programme that included the A5 Western Transport Corridor from Aughnacloy to Derry (A5 WTC). This major infrastructural project aims to upgrade over 85km of the A5 route in Northern Ireland to dual carriageway standard. Monaghan County Council is
also working on a scheme to upgrade 28km of the N2 between Clontibret and the Northern Ireland Border.

Along with other improvements planned on the N2/A5 route, the proposed N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Scheme will significantly improve transport connectivity and provide more efficient access to other strategic national roads
such as the N33/M1, N52 and N53.

What's Happening Now

November 2022

Following three public consultations on the proposed scheme between 2019 and 2022, a 400m wide Preferred Route Corridor was published in February 2021. The project then entered the next phase of TII’s planning and design process (Phase 3: Design and Environmental Evaluation) and Jacobs are in the process of designing the road (including junctions and accesses), identifying the landtake required, and undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment.  

By Summer 2022 the N2 Project Team had substantially completed the necessary surveys/investigations to prepare an ‘Initial Design’ of the proposed road. In September 2022, the project team contacted approximately 300 directly affected landowners, inviting them to meet with members of the project team to discuss the potential impact of the scheme on their lands. At the landowner meetings, members of the project team provided each landowner with an overview of the project, provided information on the projected timeframe for completion, explained the design and impacts in the vicinity of the landowners holding, and provided landowners with drawings of the proposed road alignment past their property and potential landtake. The project team wishes to sincerely thank all landowners who attended meetings for their engagement.

After directly affected landowners were given the opportunity to meet with the project team, the initial road design was made available to the public.  It shows the route of the proposed N2, the locations of the proposed interchanges and junctions onto the N2, and the route of proposed sideroads and access roads along the N2. The design is based on a preliminary, initial design, and will be subject to change following feedback from stakeholders.  

The design has been published to allow the wider community, stakeholders and public to view the impacts of the project on the local road network, and to view the alternative routes they will be required to travel to access local facilities and to join the improved N2. The answers to Frequently Asked Questions are also available on the project website.  

Over the coming months the N2 Project Team will consider feedback received from landowners and other stakeholders before a design is finalised. An Environmental Impact Assessment Report and CPO documentation will then be prepared. Subject to approval, would then be submitted to An Bord Pleanála as part of the planning approval process.