Transport bosses to be called before Oireachtas committee amid fears of Dunkettle Interchange standstill

Transport bosses to be called before Oireachtas committee amid fears of Dunkettle Interchange standstill
Traffic at the Dunkettle Interchange on the northern side of the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

TRANSPORT Infrastructure Ireland (TII) will be asked to appear before the Oireachtas Transport Committee to address potential delays in the Dunkettle Interchange upgrade.

Cork East TD Kevin O’Keeffe, the vice chairperson of the Oireachtas Transport Committee, has said he will request that TII officials come before the committee.

He was commenting amid reports the project is at risk of delay unless a new pricing structure can be agreed.

The interchange was originally projected to cost €100m, but then jumped to €115m, with fears it could now end up costing as much as €170m. 

Deputy O’Keeffe said: “More than 100,000 vehicles use the interchange every day and anyone who uses the route or even listens in to the radio knows it is one of the biggest congestion blackspots in Cork. The upgrading works have been plagued with delays and the people of Cork have waited long enough.”

Traffic at the Dunkettle Interchange on the northern side of the Jack Lynch Tunnel.
Traffic at the Dunkettle Interchange on the northern side of the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

Warnings have been issued in recent days about the disastrous impact of any delays to the €100m upgrade of the Dunkettle interchange.

Property developer Michael O’Flynn and the Cork Chamber of Commerce issued the warning as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar insisted the project will not be scrapped - despite documents which warn that the contractor may have to be let go if agreement on a new pricing structure cannot be agreed.

If agreement on a new pricing structure cannot be agreed with contractors Sisk, Transport Infrastructure Ireland's director of capital programmes Peter Walsh warned in the document that this could delay completion by 12-18mths.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the upgrade “is going to happen” - but did not rule out delays.

Developer Michael O’Flynn said any delay in the Dunkettle Interchange “will have disastrous consequences for the development of the North and East side of Cork”.

“Any new development proposed or granted recently is based on the Dunkettle interchange proceeding,” Mr O’Flynn said. “It has been a major issue for Transport Infrastructure Ireland and An Bord Pleanala in making decisions, ours and any other development will not go ahead unless there is a clear timetable for the delivery of the Dunkettle interchange,” he said.

Last year O’Flynn Construction received planning permission to build 608 residential units on a 31.5-hectare site in Ballinglanna, Glanmire. 


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