DÉANAÍ NUASHONRUITHE NUACHT
Dé Máirt 21 Bealtaine 2019
On Tuesday the 21st of May, Wexford County Council confirmed that Mott MacDonald Ireland Limited would be appointed the contract engineering consultants for the Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour Scheme. Mott MacDonald will be the technical advisors to assist the development through feasibility, option selection, design, economic appraisal and planning.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Councillor Keith Doyle, welcomed the announcement of the advancement of this major road scheme which will complete the motorway connection to Rosslare Europort.
This scheme comprises of a 33km stretch of new motorway which will link Rosslare with Cork and Waterford via the N25 and Dublin via the M11. The N11 and the N25 form part of the European Route known as the E01, which starts at Larne, Co. Antrim and ends at Rosslare Europort, Co. Wexford. This route forms a direct link between mainland Europe and the Island of Ireland and will be a vital strategic part of Brexit negotiations between the European Union and United Kingdom. With the opening of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy motorway scheme in July 2019, the proposed route from Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour will be the only section of the E01 route not to dual carriageway/motorway standard. This project is in line with both the National and Local Development Plans. A 300m wide corridor is currently in place for the scheme following the publication of a route selection report in 2011.
The chief executive of Wexford County Council, Tom Enright stated that the appointment of consultants marks a huge milestone in the project delivery.
Over the next year it is proposed that more studies are completed as part of the project and public information and consultations can be anticipated for the end of 2019 and start of 2020.
The council is aware that the local residents are anxious to know what the definite route will be for the Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour Scheme, as well as a timeline for the planning and construction process. When a final route corridor is chosen in 2020, the defined route can then be developed through design and environmental assessment in 2021. This will then be submitted to An Bord Pleanála for statuary planning approval (Compulsory Purchase Order and Environmental Impact Assessment) in 2022 and continue through the planning processes by the end of 2022. As the scheme is still an at early stage of development it is not possible to put out a definite time frame for the project, but this contract signing is a huge leap toward the delivery of this vital project.