Vital piece in local transport jigsaw gets go-ahead

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

N2-N3 link road gets the go ahead. Work will start shortly on the new N2-N3 link road between Tyrrelstown and the Cherryhound interchange on the Ashbourne Road.
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar announced the allocation of €6 million in funding for the project this week.

This funding represents a major breakthrough as the road has been planned for years, but was never progressed due to a lack of finance. The funding is being diverted from another road project which has stalled. The landowners have already transferred the lands to the council free of charge.

The new road will relieve traffic on the N3 and provide better access to our business parks and open up new industrial lands in North Blanchardstown for job creation. The total cost of the project is €24 million but some €15 million will be recovered from levies imposed on land owners and developers. 

One Five West, beside the Park Plaza Hotel at Tyrrelstown. Planning permission for this was dependent on the new N2/N3 link road. The planners recently rejected the proposed Snowtopia leisure project at the same location citing the lack of road infrastructure as one of the reasons.

The new road will eventually form part of an outer ring route from the Naas road to the M1 north of the airport. I have campaigned for funding for this project since the local elections in 2009 and raised it at council meetings so I’m delighted that Minister Varadkar has provided funding for it.

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