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.
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
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.
The project has moved into the Route Options phase. Six Route Corridor Options were identified and these were on public display during a period of non-statutory public consultation held in late 2019.
The Consultants will consider the feedback received, will undertake studies and surveys along the route, and will carry out an appraisal of the route options for both Schemes before identifying an Emerging Preferred Route Corridor for each scheme. The Emerging Preferred Route Corridors will then go on display during another period of non-statutory public consultation, and further feedback will be invited and considered before the Preferred Route Corridors are finalised.
During the design process there will be further opportunities to make submissions in relation to the scheme. The opportunities for further consultation are illustrated in the Public Consultation Roadmap shown below.
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