No decision yet on stage two of Dunkettle Interchange Project

No decision yet on stage two of Dunkettle Interchange Project

There has been no decision as yet on the possible retendering of stage two of the Dunkettle Interchange Project, The Echo can reveal.

In recent weeks, doubts were raised as to whether the Dunkettle Interchange Project will be finished on time amid rising costs and possible delays to stage two.

Costing for stage two of the project is yet to be agreed with the current contractor - if it is not agreed it will be retendered.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) had warned any retendering could see the project delayed by around 12 to 18 months.

It had said it anticipated that the decision would have been made before the end of July.

However, in a statement to The Echo, TII said that decision is yet to be made, a week after it had anticipated one. 

In a reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from Cork TD Jonathan O’Brien, The TII said:

“If the Target Cost is agreed, the process remains on schedule.

“If it is not, TII will retender the construction stage.

“This will delay the completion by some 12-18 months.” Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Deputy O’Brien said:

“The Dunkettle Interchange is the gateway into and out of Cork City, connecting it to the region and other towns.

“With over 100,000 people using it every day it is congested, not fit for purpose and requires this upgrade to ensure Cork is positioned to prosper in the future.

“Information I received from the Department and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has revealed that the upgrade could be delayed for another one or two years,” he added.

“It looks like the Government has used the same flawed approach as that used for the National Children’s Hospital and now Cork is at risk of suffering from a repeat of the same mistake.

“That isn’t good enough.

“Minister Ross should come clean with the projected cost of the Dunkettle Upgrade so the public and opposition can give their view on what Cork needs and how it should be got.” 

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) also recently raised concerns over the possible impact delays in such projects could have in the economy in the southern region.

Costs for the Dunkettle Interchange are expected to go above the €100m originally estimated.

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