N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road
Statutory Planning Process & Planning Application update - Friday 15th december 2023
Following the completion of Phase 3 (Design and Environmental Evaluation), the project progressed to Phase 4 (Statutory Processes) of TII’s Project Management Guidelines. The purpose of Phase 4 is to advance the project through the statutory processes to achieve development consents.
On the 5th of July 2022, the planning application for the proposed N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road scheme was submitted to An Bord Pleanála under Section 177AE of the Planning & Development Act 2000. An application for a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) of the lands required for the scheme was also submitted to An Bord Pleanála at the same time as the Section 177AE planning application.
In March 2023, Wexford County Council received confirmation from An Bord Pleanála that they may confirm the Compulsory Purchase Order, which Wexford County Council confirmed.
On the 3rd October 2023, An Bord Pleanála approved Section 177AE Planning Application. A copy of the decision letter from An Bord Pleanála can be viewed from the link below.
Rosslare Europort is a key strategic transport link between Ireland and both the European mainland and the United Kingdom. Wexford County Council is proposing to provide improved access to Rosslare Europort from the N25 National Primary Road to ensure and secure the sustainability and competitiveness of this key transport link.
The main objectives of the project are as follows:
- To improve accessibility and connectivity to Rosslare Europort, secure the sustainability of access to the Port and mitigate the risks from current constraints and limitations of the existing access.
- Improve road safety and the local environment in the village of Rosslare Harbour
- To promote balance regional development by improving access to the south-east and Rosslare Europort
Tramore House Regional Design Office are managing the project with Wexford County Council and Mott MacDonald Ireland have been appointed to advance the project through the planning and design process. The scheme will be developed in stages, with opportunities for the public to take part in the decision-making as the scheme develops.
Timeline of project
Following the decision from An Bord Pleanála to approve planning for the N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road Scheme, Wexford County Council is now in the process of closing out Phase 4 with the intention to progress to Phase 5 (Enabling and Procurement) in January 2024.
During Phase 5, tender documentation will be compiled to allow for the procurement of a Contractor to execute the main construction works. Enabling works such as utility diversions may be progressed in advance of the main Contract. The indicative timeline for progression of the project is presented hereunder, and is subject to the necessary approvals (for advancement to later phases) and the availability of funding.