CIF calls for M20 to be included in Capital Programme

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CIF calls for M20 to be included in Capital Programme

The CIF says funding should be allocated for the M20 between Limerick and Cork

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has called on the government to allocate funding for a motorway between Limerick and Cork in its capital spending plan.

In a pre-budget submission, the CIF says the “most glaring omission” from the current plan is the proposed M20.

It says the new motorway is the “most important project” in the context of the Atlantic Economic Corridor which would provide a counter balance to the “congested East Coast”.

“The M20 which connects Cork to Limerick would bring massive economic recovery to key regions and struggling rural economies,” said Tom Parlon, director  general of the CIF.

The new motorway, which has been mooted for some time, will cost in the region of €800m to build and could reduce journey times between Limerick and Cork by as much as 40 minutes at peak times.