PUBLIC consultation on the preferred route for the proposed new N25 Waterford to Glenmore road closed on Friday last, June 4.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Kilkenny County Council sought public engagement on the proposal through an online public display event on the project’s official website.
This represents the second of four phases in the delivery of a 9.5-kilometre dual carriageway which will link the N25 Waterford City and New Ross Bypasses.
Phase 3 will see further detailed design and environmental evaluation carried out on the preferred route corridor. During this window, the route “will be developed to establish land take requirements (while) significant project impacts will be identified and the scheme refined as appropriate to address these impacts”.
The fourth phase of the project will involve the preparation and publication of the scheme’s Statutory Orders in accordance with relevant planning and environmental legislation. This will require the preparation and delivery of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). Both will be subject to approval by An Bord Pleanála which will determine if an Oral Hearing is then required.
The upgrade of the N25 would, according to Kilkenny County Council, improve “local, regional and national accessibility and international connectivity via the Ports of Cork, Rosslare, Waterford and New Ross.”
Speaking at the June meeting of the Piltown Municipal District, Glenmore-based Councillor Fidelis Doherty (FG) welcomed the identification of the preferred ‘Navy’ route for the N25 project.
While describing the May 26 to June 4 public consultation period as “a very short space of time,” she added: “at least the preferred corridor is identified now. Seemingly a lot of people have been saying that they know the actual route as opposed to just the corridor which is maybe going back historically to the previous occasion (when the proposed road came up for discussion).”
Kilkenny County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Andrew McGuinness (FF), said the proposal represented “the fulfilment of a long-standing objective to improve connectivity in the south of the County and South East Region, and looking forward to further progress on the design of the scheme in the months ahead.”
Further information is available at www.n25waterford2glenmore.ie