An Bord Pleanála approves new motorway in Cork

A major new motorway project in Cork has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.

The M28 will link Cork city and Ringaskiddy and has been approved subject to six conditions.

The six conditions include revised junction layouts for Carr's Hill / Maryborough Hill, traffic management measures for ferry traffic, noise mitigation, landscaping and provisions for wildlife.

The planned M28 route from Cork city to Ringaskiddy. Source: Cork National Roads Office:

Commitments made by Cork County Council to the Board last December mitigating environmental effects are also a condition.

More than 142 hectares of land from 82 landowners will need to be acquired for the motorway through CPOs.

Last November's oral hearing heard 139 submissions and was told that an additional 4000 trucks will be using the motorway by 2035 every day.

The decision has been welcomed by business groups including Cork Chamber and the port of Cork.

However, some people living along the route have been objecting to the motorway, saying it will split communities in two.

More information relating to An Bord Pleanála's decision can be read here

Brendan Keating, CEO, Port of Cork Company, said:

"The Port of Cork welcomes the decision of An Bord Pleanala today to grant planning permission for the M28 motorway scheme.

As the Port has recently commenced construction of the new state-of-the-art Cork Container Terminal in Ringaskiddy, the new road network, when completed, will allow the Port to further expand our container handling and Ro-Ro facilities in the lower harbour in due course.

"An adequate road network will enable the Port to provide an efficient service to our customers and to continue to meet the economic needs of the region and future-proof Cork as an international gateway for trade."

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