Background to Project
Wexford County Council is working in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to develop an approximate 30km section of high quality road which will link Rosslare Europort/Wexford with both Dublin via the M11 and Cork / Waterford via the N25.
The M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy motorway was opened to traffic in July 2019, and this current project is studying the existing N11 to the south of this motorway, on to Wexford, as well as the connecting N25 road from Wexford to Rosslare Harbour. These routes form part of the European Designated E01 Route and provide a direct link to both mainland Europe and the United Kingdom via Rosslare Europort. Rosslare Europort is the State’s second largest passenger port, and the fourth largest port in terms of overall tonnage. Significant growth is forecast in the coming years which will further increase the Port’s strategic importance for trade, business and tourism, bringing economic benefits not just to Wexford, but across the South East region and nationally. Maintaining and enhancing the requirements to directly access EU ports, as well as access to UK ports post Brexit, will assist in building a resilient trade link with Ireland’s EU partner states, no matter what the impact of EU and UK trade negotiations.
This is a strategically important part of the national transport network and the project aims to ensure that the sections of the network in question have the capacity and resilience to safely meet the future transport needs on a national, regional and local level.
Wexford County Council have appointed Mott MacDonald Ireland Limited to advance the project through the planning and design process and Tramore House Regional Design Office is providing project management services for the Council. The planning and design process will develop in phases, the project team are now consulting with the public, and in particular the residents of the study area, on the options identified that could meet the project objectives, in order to help determine the preferred scheme option.
In identifying the preliminary scheme options, a Constraints Study was undertaken. The purpose of the Constraints Study is to identify and present all the characteristics and features of the study area, whether natural, artificial or external, which may influence the identification of viable scheme options. The Study Area within which key constraints and preliminary scheme options were examined is shown below.
The main physical, engineering and environmental constraints identified within the study area are as follows:
- Ecological conservation sites of interest such as Forth Mountain pNHA, Slaney River Valley SAC and Wexford Slobs and Harbour SPA and pNHA.
- Sites of Archaeological and Architectural significance.
- Locations and patterns of residential housing and other properties.
- The Dublin to Rosslare railway line.
- Topographical and Geological areas such as the River Slaney and Forth Mountain.
- Existing Utilities.
A series of maps showing the identified constraints are available on the project website and the public are now invited to provide feedback on the identified constraints. These constraints have been considered carefully by the project team and have helped to identify the preliminary scheme options that are now presented. This public consultation is an integral part of the study of constraints and preliminary scheme options. It helps the project team access local knowledge and identify areas of concern, which are then taken into consideration in the development and assessment of scheme options and the future planning of the project.
Note: This drawing has been updated on 13th July 2020 to clearly illustrate a potential link from Option A towards Larkin’s Cross. This link is similar to links proposed for Options C, D & E and is contained within the corridor proposed for Option A.
Option A begins at the southern end of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Scheme and passes east of Oilgate continuing east of the existing N11 crossing the River Slaney at or near the existing Ferrycarrig Bridge. From here the option follows the existing N11 and the N25 (along the existing Wexford Ring Road) before passing southwest of the existing Rosslare Road Roundabout. It then passes Stephenstown running east of the existing N25 and continues east running north of Tagoat before ending at Rosslare Harbour.
Option B begins at the Scurlocksbush Roundabout and follows the existing N11 and N25 corridors through the study area to Rosslare Harbour. There are two options along this option corridor.
This “Do-Minimum” option utilises the existing N11 and N25 National Roads. This option only considers future improvement works along the existing road corridor that are already planned and committed (e.g. N25 Ballygillane Roundabout at Rosslare Harbour) and routine investment in the maintenance and operation of the current road corridor.
This “Management Option” assumes that there will be investment to improve the existing N11 and N25 National Road corridors. This option seeks to utilise the existing asset where feasible through a package of on-line improvements which may include a mix of the following: the rationalisation of junctions and direct accesses onto the N25, provision of parallel service roads, left-in/left-out junctions, separated pedestrian and cyclist facilities, designated vehicle lanes etc.
Option C begins at the southern end of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Scheme and passes east of Oilgate before joining the existing N11 south of Oilgate and follows the existing N11 before crossing the River Slaney west of Ferrycarrig Bridge. From here the option follows the same corridor as Option A, following the existing N11 and the N25 (along the existing Wexford Ring Road) before passing southwest of the existing Rosslare Road Roundabout. It then passes Stephenstown and continues east running north of Tagoat and ends at Rosslare Harbour.
Option D begins at the southern end of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Scheme and passes east of Oilgate before crossing the existing N11 south of Oilgate. It continues to the west of the existing N11 crossing the River Slaney west of Ferrycarrig Bridge. The option continues south passing east of Barntown and west of the existing N25 and then west of Stephenstown, passing south of Killinick and Tagoat ending at Rosslare Harbour.
Option E begins at the southern end of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Scheme and passes west of Oilgate continuing west of the existing N11 before crossing the River Slaney south of Deep’s Bridge. The option swings southeast then east, parallel to the River Slaney and continues south crossing the N25 to the east of Barntown and west of the N11/N25 roundabout. From here the option follows the same corridor as Option D, continuing west of the existing N25 and then west of Stephenstown passing south of Killinick and Tagoat before ending at Rosslare Harbour.
Option F begins at the southern end of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Scheme and then follows the same corridor as Option E to the west of Oilgate continuing west of the existing N11 before crossing the River Slaney south of Deep’s Bridge. The option then diverges from Option E and continues southwest crossing the N25 west of Larkin’s Cross Roads. It continues south passing west of Forth Mountain before joining Options D and E to the west of Stephenstown and continuing south of Killinick and Tagoat before ending at Rosslare Harbour.
Option G begins at the southern end of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Scheme and passes west of Oilgate and the existing N11 before crossing the River Slaney to the south of Kings Island. It continues south passing west of the River Slaney and crossing the existing N25 west of Larkin’s Cross Roads. It continues south where it joins Option F passing west of Forth Mountain before also joining Options D and E to the west of Stephenstown and continuing south of Killinick and Tagoat ending at Rosslare Harbour.
Possible Option Combinations
Further scheme options are possible utilising the cross over options shown in dotted Grey and marked with roman numerals.
The scheme options shown are indicative and are illustrated for the purpose of obtaining comments and feedback as part of the public consultation process. The options shown may therefore be subject to some changes arising from the consultation process and subsequent assessment. Any scheme options that are developed will be subject to evaluation and assessment before the preferred scheme option is identified and will be further developed through subsequent design and planning stages.