Newlands Cross upgrade gets the green light

by Gazette Reporter

The contracts for the upgrade to the N7 at Newlands Cross were signed this week, marking the beginning of a €282 million upgrade of the road.
The government has signed a contract with a consortium for the project which will remove the bottleneck at Newlands Cross on the N7 Limerick/Cork/Waterford Road, in what Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar called a “milestone” investment.
This is the first transport Public Private Partnership to be signed since 2007 and the Newlands Cross fly-over will remove the last traffic light between Cork, Limerick, Waterford and the border with Northern Ireland.
Locally, there has been widespread welcome for the project, with Labour’s Robert Dowds saying that it will end traffic congestion at Newlands Cross.
“I am very glad that the government has signed the contract which will see Newlands Cross upgraded with a flyover, removing the last set of traffic lights between Cork and the border with Northern Ireland.
“The traffic at Newlands Cross has been causing delays to people in our community for many years, and I am glad to be able to say that thanks to this government, we are going to put an end to that.”
Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald echoed her government colleague and asked for locals to be patient during the works.
“We have all benefited from the upgrade of the Red Cow Roundabout which was one of the countries worst bottleknecks and I look forward to the similar benefits that the upgrade of Newlands Cross will bring in the coming years.
“I would ask residents and commuters for their patience throughout the construction phase and remind people that my office is there to assist with anyone who is experiencing major difficulties during the construction period,” concluded Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald’s party colleague Derek Keating will host a public meeting on the works at 8pm on May 13 in the Green Isle Hotel.
“I am delighted that we can now progress the Newlands Cross project which has been in the planning for 20 years.
“I am delighted to be able to confirm that it is all systems go. This will bring another employment boost to our economy and there will be spin-offs for local commercial enterprises.”
The works are expected to take 21 months from the start date, which it is hoped will be within the next two months.

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