Saturday 17 August 2019

Bypasses are vital to ensure county thrives

By Esther Hayden

The Enniscorthy and New Ross bypassses are crucial to ensure continued investment in the South East region according to Ibec,the group which represents Irish business.

Ibec said that the Government needs to deliver an ambitious capital investment plan for the South East Region saying that a number of number of urgent infrastructure deficits which are limiting the success of businesses in the region.

Speaking on Ibec's assessment of the infrastructure deficits in the region, Ibec South East Regional Director John Farrell said 'we now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to avail of really low interest rates to deliver an ambitious capital investment plan for region.

'Businesses in the South East are clearly beginning to feel the benefits of economic recovery but many remain constrained by significant infrastructure gaps. Very little capital investment has been delivered to the region over the past seven years and we are now playing catch-up. If we invest wisely now and deliver much needed infrastructure, the region will benefit for many years to come and business will create more jobs.'

Ibec's South East Regional Executive Committee identified a number of major road projects which should be prioritised and completed within the next five years including; N25 New Ross bypass, N11 Enniscorthy bypass., Waterford to Cork N25 road, N24 Waterford to Limerick (medium term priority) and the N11/25 Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour as (medium term priority)

'The group also identified the need for significant investment in teaching and research infrastructure in the region highlighting that the transformation of two institutes of technology into a Technological University of the South East will require significant investment. This will be critical for the creation of a world class institution which can support the region's economic development.'

'Other major infrastructure needs identified by Ibec include upgrades to the water and waste water networks. Broadband also remains a key infrastructure gap and requires public funding to deliver the essential infrastructure to those locations for which it is uneconomic for the private sector to do so.

'For the South East region to deliver on its growth potential, it needs world class infrastructure. Our current road, port access, environmental and broadband infrastructure is either not fit for purpose or inadequate to meet future demand. The region also needs to see significant and ambitious investment in teaching and research infrastructure.

Wexford People

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