New port road is a step nearer
CONTRACTS have been signed for the detailed design of the proposed N25 access road to Rosslare Harbour Europort.
Wexford County Council says the signing of the contract with Arup Consulting Engineers brings the construction of another hugely important section of County Wexford's national road infrastructure significantly closer to realisation.
The new access route, which is expected to cost more than €10 million, is approximately 1.8km in length and includes three roundabouts and a number of at-grade junctions.
The route commences with a roundabout mid way between Kilrane and Rosslare Harbour, following the line of the existing link road to Station Road to another major roundabout at Ballygerry. The proposed road then bridges the railway line and continues to its termination point in the Europort with a third roundabout.
Minister Brendan Howlin, who has long championed the importance and development of Rosslare Europort expressed delight at the news.
'This is great news for Rosslare Port, County Wexford and the whole of the South East Region,' said the Minister.
'The construction of this modern, fit-for-purpose access route will help secure a great future for the port, significantly increase the tonnage through the port, create jobs, benefit tourism and boost the economy of our county'.
Chief Executive of Wexford County Council Tom Enright said that this project is a most welcome development for Wexford.
'With the M11 Enniscorthy Bypass already underway, the N25 New Ross Bypass contract to be signed within weeks and with natural gas on its way to Wexford within the next three months, County Wexford is well placed to grow and develop as a highly attractive location for inward investment, business and enterprise,' he said. Topographical surveys, ground investigations and traffic surveys are expected to be carried out in February and March 2016, to be followed by detailed design.