Opposition grows among residents to building of new Ringaskiddy motorway

Opposition grows among residents to building of new Ringaskiddy motorway
Residents examining the M28 Motorway plans. Picture:Des Barry

RESIDENTS on the south side of Cork city are set to meet next week to vocalise their opposition to the controversial plans for the M28 motorway.

Opponents of the current plans say that the proposed route will have a significant detrimental effect on the lives of all of those living in the area.

Up to 10,000 residents will be affected by the existing route, it was confirmed in mid-April.

Officials from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Cork County Council confirmed that the motorway will be built 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 pollution, increased traffic volumes and a reduced quality of life are chief among the concerns of the residents.

There are also fears of compulsory purchase orders of homes in the area and a reduction in the value of homes.

The M28 Steering Group, which is set to host next week’s meeting, said that the closure of existing slip roads onto the N28 will result in significant gridlock throughout Maryborough Hill and Rochestown.

They have also highlighted the environmental impact of the plan, claiming it will result in the destruction of the Mulcon Valley.

The meeting will take place at the Rochestown Park Hotel next Wednesday, May 10 at 7pm.

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