Oylegate Bypass talks under way
THE county council is in discussions with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) about how to advance plans for a four km bypass around Oylegate, which it's feared will experience Ennisorthy-sized traffic jams once the new stretch of the M11 opens. It had been hoped the Oylegate bypass, which will clear a major chokepoint at the end of the current M11 extension which cuts out Enniscorthy and its traffic problems, would get under way at the end of 2018. But council chief executive Tom Enright says the development of the bypass or ring round aroud Oylegate will take three to five years from now and will be subject to TII funding and approval.
'Consultants have now prepared a detailed feasibility study on a 4 kilometre bypass of Oylegate and we are engaged with TII in discussing how this may now be advanced,' Mr Enright told this newspaper.
He said that if it gets the go-ahead, the bypass will connect to the proposed roundabout at the end of the Enniscorthy Bypass north of Oylegate, run to the east of the village and connect with the existing N11 road to the south between Kyle Cross and Oylegate.
Wexford Deputy James Browne said that if the bypass doesn't go ahead, 'Oylegate will be the only village or residential area between Belfast and the Rosslare Europort. This will mean a lot of cars and heavy goods vehicles will continue to travel through Oylegate.'
'The village will effectively come to a standstill,' said Deputy Browne, adding that he expects traffic jams similar to those in Enniscorthy to hit the village.