Oylegate bypass is still many years away; Cllr Kavanagh

CLLR WILLIE KAVANAGH, says the Oylegate bypass is still about six years away. Pic: WexfordToday.com

Oylegate-based Cllr Willie Kavanagh has endured a busy day with enquiries about the proposed N11/N25 Oylegate to Rosslare by-pass and he told WexfordToday.com tonight that commencement could be at least six years away.

“I can’t see how the motorway will start for about six years and it will take at least 36 months before Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) is sorted out, the route will have to be agreed upon, and then the planning process has to start,” said the Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District member.

Cllr Kavanagh has been in close contact with engineers at Wexford County Council who have briefed him on the sequence of events, and he claims that many locals have serious concerns about the final route, which has yet to be decided upon. “Knowing the time frame is important to people planning for the future and especially in relation to planning matters, so it is important to know that the start of the project is likely to be at least six years away.”

At the February meeting of Wexford County Council, CEO Tom Enright told members that the design work is ongoing, and the first consultation meetings are scheduled to take place in March.

Last May funding of €800,000 was allocated to the project to include features such as route option selection, design, economic appraisal and planning. A contract was signed between Wexford County Council and appointed consultants Mott McDonald Ireland Ltd. The scheme will incorporate a 33km transport corridor linking Oylegate with Rosslare Europort.

The new motorway will improve direct links between Rosslare Europort and Dublin, via the N11, which would involve by-passing Oylegate village and Waterford and Cork, via the N25. This would form a major part role in completing the European designated E01 route from Larne to Rosslare Europort.

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