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Road Scheme

Monaghan County Council is working in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to develop a scheme to upgrade a 28km section of the N2/A5 Dublin-Derry Road. The proposed project is in County Monaghan between Clontibret and the Northern Ireland Border. This project is called the N2 Clontibret to Border Road Scheme.

This is an important project to enhance key North/South and Regional connectivity and to improve road safety.

While some planning and design work was undertaken on this scheme between 2008 and 2012, the previous project was suspended for economic reasons. Monaghan County Council has now 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 process 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 a dual carriageway standard. At around this time Monaghan County Council also commenced the design process to upgrade a section of the N2 between Clontibret and the Northern Ireland Border.

A preferred route corridor was previously identified for the scheme in 2012 however due to the economic downturn further progress was suspended. Funding has now become available under Project Ireland 2040 to progress the planning and design of the scheme. Due to changes in environmental legislation, design standards and to comply with the requirements of the Public Spending Code it will be necessary to carry out a new route selection process.

To ensure the scheme complies with current standards and guidelines, Jacobs is required to undertake all stages of the planning and design process, including identifying a study area, constraints, identifying route corridor options and thereafter selecting a preferred route corridor.  This may differ from the previous preferred route corridor developed in 2012.

In addition to this, Monaghan County Council is also working on a scheme to upgrade a further 32km of the N2 between Ardee and Castleblayney in Counties Louth and Monaghan.

Along with the other improvements planned for the N2/A5 route, the proposed N2 Clontibret to the Border Scheme will significantly improve transport connectivity and provide more efficient access to other strategic national roads such as the N54 and the N12.


What's Happening Now

An ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’ has been published and the project has launched the next stage of public consultation.

The Project Team has undertaken an appraisal of the Route Corridor Options published in October 2019 and has considered feedback received through the second non-statutory public consultation while identifying an ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’. This is Stage 2 of the Phase 2 planning and design process defined in TII’s ‘Project Management Guidelines’.

Six Route Corridor Options were published for the scheme in October 2019. Following the completion of public consultation 2, feedback on the Route Corridor Options was considered by the Project Team and a seventh Route Corridor Option was included in the assessment process. The Project Team has undertaken an appraisal of the Route Corridor Options, which has identified option H (Green+Yellow+Orange Route) as the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor.

An Emerging Preferred Route Corridor is the Route Corridor Option that has been assessed as providing the optimum combination of benefits and impacts based on the six criteria to be considered for road transport projects;

  • Economy
  • Safety
  • Environment
  • Accessibility and Social Inclusion
  • Integration
  • Physical Activity

The Emerging Preferred Route Corridor is typically 400m wide. The 400m corridor does not represent the actual width of the road scheme or the lands to be acquired – the corridor indicates the lands within which the N2 road scheme could be developed. The exact details of the landtake, earthworks, junction, sideroad design and property impacts will be developed during the next Phase of the design process.

The project has now launched the third stage of non-statutory public consultation. During this public consultation we are inviting feedback on the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor. Please see the ‘Public Consultation’ page for information and drawings and for details of how to make a submission.

Feedback and submissions received through this third non-statutory public consultation will be considered by the Project Team before a Preferred Route Corridor (‘Preferred Option’) is finalised. The Phase 2 Option Selection process will then be complete and the ‘Option Selection Report’ and ‘Preferred Route Corridor’ will be published. As indicated on the Public Consultation Roadmap on the next page, this is expected to take place in 2021. Updates, news and details will be published on www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie and through local press and media.

After a Preferred Route Corridor is finalised the next Phase of the planning and design process can commence (subject to relevant approvals), which will include identifying the landtake required, junction and access designs and the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment Report. During this phase further engagement with landowners and interested parties will be undertaken as part of the ongoing design process as indicated in the Public Consultation Roadmap shown below: