Green light for a new road that will cut Dublin to Kerry journeys by up to an hour by skipping Adare

A new road that could cut travel time between Dublin and Kerry by up to an hour at peak times has been given the green light by An Bord Pleanala.

The €450m project includes the long-awaited bypass of the village of Adare in Limerick.

The road will be of great help with the logistical planning for the Ryder Cup to be held in 2027 at the Heritage Village on the course at Adare Manor Hotel owned by JP McManus.

Adare is now a major traffic bottleneck with over 20,000 traffic movements including articulated lorries clogging the village streets every day.

However, the main purpose of the new road network is to provide better road links to the port of Foynes, which has been declared a maritime hub by the EU. The Transport Commission in Brussels called for the development of a new road network to encourage continued use of the port, which is equipped to provide 24-hour deep-water supply to ships.

The new road will comprise a 17.5km motorway from Rathkeale on the M21 to Attflyin on the outskirts of Patrickswell where it will join the Limerick/Cork M20.

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The route the Adare Bypass is to take.

A bypass from Adare will piggyback this section. Another 15.6 km section runs from Foynes and connects to the new M21.

Local Minister of State Niall Collins said: “This decision by An Bord Pleanala is fundamental not only for County Limerick but also for the Midwest and the country as a whole. She will open up Foynes and help him realize the enormous potential it has for shipping. Sea transportation is becoming critical as the cost of air and land transportation is coupled with massive fuel costs.”

He added: “Locally, it will take the attractiveness out of the beautiful village of Adare for local residents.

“Visitors can spend more time and comfort in Adare.”

Senior Executive Engineer for the project, David Leahy, said they are now on track to complete the project in time for the 2027 Ryder Cup.

“If all goes well, work on site could start within two years,” he told Independent.ie.

Crucially, the documentation requested by An Bord Pleanala included a detailed study of the impact on natural habitats along the chosen route.

It will be the largest road construction project in the country when the contracts are finalized.

A nine-day oral hearing was held as part of the planning process, during which some of the 120 affected land and property owners presented their objections.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/go-ahead-for-new-roadway-that-will-cut-journeys-from-dublin-to-kerry-by-up-to-an-hour-by-skipping-adare-41950866.html Green light for a new road that will cut Dublin to Kerry journeys by up to an hour by skipping Adare

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