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Nuashonrú Nuachta - Máirt 7ú Iúil 2020

There is a very high level of Interest in the public consultation for the N11/N25 Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour Scheme, with a large volume of responses coming from local residents. To better facilitate this ongoing dialogue, Wexford County Council has extended the current public consultation by a further two weeks.

Members of the public will now have until Monday 3rd August to submit their feedback forms online at www.oilgate2rosslareharbour.ie or by freepost using the envelope provided in leaflets distributed in the area.

The timeline for engaging directly with the project team as part of the public consultation has also been extended until 5.00pm on Friday 10th July. During this time senior members of the project team will be available to respond to all queries as soon as possible, and to provide further information that may be requested. Queries can be submitted via the project customer services phone line on 053 9196000 or by email at customerservice@wexfordcoco.ie, and arrangements will be made for a senior member of the project team to get in touch. General project queries can continue to be directed to the project at any time via phone, email, post, or the website.

Notwithstanding the ongoing restrictions in place due to Covid-19 which restricts face to face public information meetings, Wexford County Council is committed to engaging in a comprehensive, informative and constructive public consultation process to provide the public with all of the information that is available at this early stage of the option selection process. The process will also allow for vital feedback which will contribute to the project team’s assessment of all available scheme options

PREASRÁITEAS - Máirt 30ú Meitheamh 2020

Wexford County Council seeks the public’s views on proposed N11/N25 Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour Scheme

New scheme aims to develop over 30kms of high-quality road from the M11 north of Oilgate to the N25 at Rosslare Harbour, improving network resilience, road safety and access to Rosslare Europort.

Public will have the opportunity to contribute to the scheme development during the consultation process which runs from Monday 6th until Monday 20th July 2020.

The website www.oilgate2rosslareharbour.ie will provide a centralised location for information and feedback.

 

30th June 2020: Wexford County Council has today announced that it will shortly begin a public consultation process on the proposed N11/N25 Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour Scheme.

The public consultation process runs from Monday 6th July to Monday 20th July 2020, and offers an opportunity for members of the public to voice their opinions and to contribute to the overall development of the project.

After a comprehensive feasibility and constraints study, eight scheme options are being considered. The details of these options, along with other scheme information, is available at www.oilgate2rosslareharbour.ie. Wexford County Council is now giving residents and the general public an opportunity to provide feedback, comments, and observations to the project team on the constraints study and proposed scheme options.

Information leaflets are currently being distributed to almost 7,000 homes and other properties within the study area, and the public will have an opportunity to submit their observations before close of business on Monday the 20th July.

The scheme aims to develop over 30km section of high-quality road which will link Rosslare Europort (and the greater south Wexford area) with Dublin via the M11, and Cork & Waterford via the N25.

Wexford County Council’s Director of Service Eamonn Hore, said, “Rosslare Europort has become increasingly busy over the last few years, resulting in increased pressure on the infrastructure serving the Port and communities across south Wexford. The outcome of Brexit means that Rosslare is of ever increasing importance as a primary transport link with the continent, and though this increase in trade and tourism will bring welcome economic benefits to both the South East and Ireland in general, it will also result in increasing pressures on road capacity and safety along the N11 and N25 corridors linking to Rosslare Europort. This scheme aims to address this by upgrading the transport corridor from the current M11 motorway to Rosslare Harbour, resulting in safer, easier access.

“We want to hear the views of the public with regards to the proposed scheme options. With the current restrictions on large gatherings in place due to Covid-19, we cannot hold an information session, as we would during normal times. However, the public will be able to express their views and have direct contact with the project team via phone conversations, as well as on-line and email services”.

How will this new way of Public Consultation work?

A feedback form is included with the brochures being distributed and this can be returned to the project team by freepost. The feedback form can also be completed online on the project website www.oilgate2rosslareharbour.ie.

Alternatively, the public can telephone 053 9196000 where all requests for information and feedback will be handled promptly. To allow the project team to review and consider queries fully, we would ask that email or phone queries are submitted before 4pm on Tuesday the 7th of July.

This project website www.oilgate2rosslareharbour.ie will provide a central point for all the latest project information and feedback.

All queries or comments in relation to the project may be addressed to: N11/N25 Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour, Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford Y35 WY93 Phone: 053 9196000 Email: customerservice@wexfordcoco.ie Website: www.oilgate2rosslareharbour.ie/contact-us

All feedback received will be considered by the project team and a post-consultation report will be published on the project website. This report will summarise the consultation process and the matters raised during the consultation.

nuashonrú nuachta - Máirt 24ú Márta 2020

In accordance with the requirements of national guidelines for infrastructure projects, the first phase of the project has been completed and has confirmed the project’s strategic fit with current policies and programmes and has also identified the need for the scheme and its objectives. A study area for the project has also been identified, and a broad range of constraints and features have been identified which could influence the identification and assessment of viable scheme options.

We are now in a position to engage with the public on the finding of the constraints study. However in accordance with the current covid-19 restrictions and advice, all direct project consultations and meetings have been postponed until further notice. Once covid-19 restrictions are lifted a public consultation event will be arranged to present the findings of the constraints study and the scheme options, and to seek the public’s feedback. Prior notice of this consultation event will be advertised on this website and on local media and relevant information will also be uploaded to the project website in advance. In the meantime we will continue to address any project queries by phone or email via the contact details provided on the ‘Contact Us’ page of the website.

The project team will also continue to perform their duties where possible and in line with government advice, but the scheme will not progress beyond any phases that require public consultation (as outlined in national guidelines for infrastructure schemes) until we are in a position to engage directly through public consultation.

preasráiteas - Máirt 21ú 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