Anger over M28 motorway route

Anger over M28 motorway route
Plans for the M28 Motorway Scheme. Pic: Des Barry

UP to 10,000 residents have been left outraged after Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) yesterday confirmed that it would push ahead with a proposed route for the M28 motorway to Ringaskiddy.

Officials from Cork County Council and the TII have confirmed that the motorway will be constructed through the Mulcon Valley as originally planned, despite more than 500 submissions from homeowners and groups representing residents in Maryborough Hill, Rochestown, Mount Oval, Carr’s Hill and Douglas.

Noise and air emissions and traffic gridlock are among the concerns of residents as the motorway will close existing access routes to the N28.

Ger Harrington, co-chair of the M28 Steering Group which represents local residents in the suburban areas, said:

“We’ve been railroaded and our quality of life will be greatly affected not to mention our health and wellbeing if this goes ahead.” “It’s time to call a halt to this once and for all. We are supportive of motorways and progress but the new plans for the M28 are ludicrous. Calls for improvements from environmental noise and noxious gas issues to road safety concerns and better route options have been ignored. It’s a complete ‘Lose-Lose’ scenario, serving the interests of nobody.” Residents believe the closure of existing slip roads onto the N28 will significantly increase congestion in local areas.

They have predicted major increases in traffic along Maryborough Hill at the Douglas Fingerpost Roundabout Meanwhile, business group, Cork Chamber, said yesterday’s public display was a welcome step forward as planning enters its next phases.

The proposed project was displayed in the Carrigaline Court Hotel yesterday and was expected to be the final public consultation event before the project is sent for planning permission.

Conor Healy, Chief executive of Cork Chamber, said that the road is a critical piece of infrastructure for Cork and needed to be progressed so that the Port of Cork could reach its full potential.

"The M28 is a strategic asset for realising potential in Cork and we have identified it as one of the key enablers of national and regional growth in our recent submission to the National Planning Framework. We need strategic infrastructure such as the M28 to ensure the relevance of the Cork metropolitan area and South West region in an international context. In a changing economy, the Port of Cork facilities will be of heightened global significance and we must ensure that this opportunity for growth is unlocked," he said.

The Chamber believes that the M28 would lead to reduced journey times and costs for road users, enhanced capacity to serve external trading from the Port of Cork and support the businesses and other facilities there already, and that it will facilitate wider regional development, including the development of Cork docklands, and so growing Corks housing and business capacity.

Residents have predicted major increases in traffic along Maryborough Hill at the Douglas Fingerpost Roundabout. However, Cork Chamber, said yesterday’s public display was a welcome step forward as planning enters its next phases.

Conor Healy, Chief executive of Cork Chamber, said:

"The M28 is a strategic asset for realising potential in Cork and we have identified it as one of the key enablers of national and regional growth in our recent submission to the National Planning Framework. We need strategic infrastructure such as the M28 to ensure the relevance of the Cork metropolitan area and South West region in an international context. In a changing economy, the Port of Cork facilities will be of heightened global significance and we must ensure that this opportunity for growth is unlocked," he said.

The Chamber believes that the M28 would lead to reduced journey times and costs for road users, enhanced capacity to serve external trading from the Port of Cork and support the businesses and other facilities there already, and that it will facilitate wider regional development, including the development of Cork docklands, and so growing Corks housing and business capacity.

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