€400m M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy bypass opens

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. cutting the ribbon at the opening of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway Scheme assisted by Ministers Paul Kehoe and Michael D'Arcy and Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Michael Sheehan last summer. An Taoiseach will return to open the N25 New Ross By Pass on Wednesday, January 29th Pic; WexfordToday.com

The new M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy motorway bypass has been officially opened today by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., at a special ceremony held at the Ballydawmore Interchange, east of Enniscorthy.

Costing €400 million, the combined 39 km of the M11 motorway and associated roads have been under construction since January 2016 and have been completed on schedule with 1,850,000 person-hours completed on-site during the construction period.

Today’s opening of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP Scheme was officiated by An Taoiseach
 Leo Varadkar TD in the presence of Mr Cormac O’Rourke Chairman TII and Cllr. Michael Sheehan, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council.

An Taoiseach stated; “The opening of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway is yet more proof of the Government’s public capital programme being delivered. The M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway is a first-class piece of transport infrastructure. I thank all involved in the efficient delivery of the project and I wish all who travel on the road a safe journey.”

Three new sections of road combine to create the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Public Private Partnership Scheme, the M11/N11 mainline, the N30 dual carriageway and the N30 mainline. The scheme will result in reductions in travel times on the Dublin to Wexford route of approximately 15 minutes during off-peak times and 30 minutes during peak times.


The bypass will relieve chronic traffic congestion through Enniscorthy town, with an estimated reduction of 6,000 vehicles per day.

Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council; Cllr Michael Sheehan said the new road network was significant not just for Enniscorthy but for the county and southeast as a whole. “The opening of the new motorway is a significant milestone in Wexford’s story. We are open for development, growth and investment as Dublin is within easy reach. This provides new opportunities for Enniscorthy to expand, to rejuvenate the town centre and offer a new chance for the whole county to tell its story and redefine itself to a whole new audience. It is the challenge for this generation – one we must maximise and make the most of.”

The scheme includes fifty-seven new structures, including eight overbridges, five underbridges, thirty-one farm accommodation underpasses, and three Rail River bridges.

Cormac O’Rourke Chairman TII stated; “The completion of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy motorway marks another significant milestone in modernising our national road infrastructure.  It will improve road user safety as well as help to provide the southeast region of the country with the capacity to manage economic growth well into the future.”

Cllr Michael Sheehan, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council and An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, unveiling the memorial stone on the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway with Cllr Jackser Owens, Deputy Brendan Howlin T.D. and Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District Council. Pic; WexfordToday.com

This major road construction scheme brought together Irish, Dutch and Spanish expertise. The Royal BAM Group with headquarters in the Netherlands and the Dragados and Iridium divisions of the Spanish ACS Group with headquarters in Madrid formed an experienced consortium to deliver this project. With such a strong Spanish influence the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency, Mr IIdefonso Castro was delighted to attend the official opening.

Wexford County Council Chief Executive, Tom Enright said; “The extension of the M11 motorway 27 km to the south will bring great savings in travel times, improve traffic safety and will bring employment and investment into County Wexford and Enniscorthy town in particular”.

The Gorey to Enniscorthy Scheme initially comprised of two schemes: the Enniscorthy Bypass and the Clogh to Enniscorthy Scheme. These were combined in 2008 as the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Scheme. The project was developed by the NRA (subsequently Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)) and Wexford County Council. Construction commenced in January 2016 and the scheme was substantially completed in July 2019. Ancillary works and other outstanding accommodation works will continue around the new M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway Scheme for the next five months.

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