WATCH: Contracts signed to progress M20 Cork - Limerick motorway

David Hurley

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CONTRACTS have been signed to the progress the M20 Cork to Limerick motorway – the biggest infrastructure project outside of Dublin - to planning stage.

Limerick City and County Council, as lead authority for the long-awaited project, has appointed Barry Transportation and its project partners WSP and Sweco, as Technical Advisors to progress the scheme up to the stage where it will be submitted for planning to An Bord Pleanala.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is visiting Limerick this Thursday, was present for the signing of the contracts at City Hall, Merchants Quay.

The five-year contract is worth in the region of €15million.

Limerick City and County Council is working in partnership with Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Tipperary County Council, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Transport Infrastructure Ireland on developing which is part of Project Ireland 2040.

Tens of thousands of vehicles travel on the current N20 every day and towns such as Charleville, Buttevant and Mallow have become traffic blackspots despite Cork and Limerick being just 100km apart.

It is hoped a formal planning application will be submitted to An Bord Pleanala by 2022 and that the motorway will open by 2027.

Planning and design will commence this month, with Barry Transportation, WSP and Sweco, providing all engineering, environmental, economic and appraisal services required to deliver the project through these planning and design phases.

“This project is critical for the economic development of Limerick and the wider region along the Atlantic Corridor. It will save lives and improve the quality of life for those who rely on this transport corridor for business, work, study and tourism,” said Cllr James Collins, mayor of Limerick city and county.

Conn Murray, chief executive of Limerick City and County Council says he’s delighted the project is being progressed. “This project is identified in Project Ireland 2040 National Development Plan as a major enabler for balanced regional development by substantially delivering the Atlantic Corridor, with a high quality road network linking Limerick, Cork and Galway. Limerick City and County Council welcomes the appointment of the Technical Advisors.  Together with our partners in the local authorities in Cork and Tipperary, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Transport Infrastructure Ireland, we are committed to delivering this major national infrastructural project.”

Representatives from Cork City Council, Cork County Council, TII and the successful contracter all attended the contract signing as did representatives of Limerick and Cork Chambers.

A Project Office has been established in Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle and a dedicated website has also been set up at www.corklimerick.ie.