N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road
Update: 1st december 2020
Preferred Scheme Option
Wexford County Council has confirmed the preferred scheme option for the new N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road following public consultation and further appraisal of the three scheme options.
Access to and from Rosslare Europort, the State’s second largest passenger port and the fourth largest in terms of overall tonnage, is critical in maintaining this strategic connection between Ireland and the rest of the European Union and the UK.
To identify the ‘Preferred Scheme Option’, the project team undertook an appraisal of the options and considered public feedback. The selection process and outcome are outlined in an information brochure which is being circulated in Rosslare Harbour this week. The brochure is also available to view here Preferred Scheme Option – Information Brochure. An information feature was also placed in the Wexford People newspaper this week and can be viewed here Wexford People Feature.
Three feasible options were presented for public consultation in June of this year, with A and B proposing the continued use of the existing N25 corridor to Rosslare Europort and the second of these proposing improvement works to the existing N25. Option C proposes the construction of a new offline access road to the port.
A total of 91 submissions were received and a Public Consultation Report was published in August, which summarised the consultation process and the matters raised by members of the public.
Scheme Option C has been confirmed as the Preferred Scheme Option as it has been identified as the option that can best deliver the project objectives.
The Preferred Scheme Option will now proceed to the next phase of the project which is Design and Environmental Evaluation, during which it will be further developed to refine the design of the road alignment, junctions, accesses and structures. The environmental evaluation of the scheme will be progressed in tandem with design development, with both elements of the process influencing each other.
These design developments will also allow the land area required for the scheme to be defined and will facilitate more detailed engagement with affected landowners, local residents and other project stakeholders.
In the meantime, the project team remains available to answer general project queries via the contact details provided on this website.
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.
The project is compatible with national, regional and local policies and plans and meets the specific objective of the Wexford County Development Plan to provide improved access to Rosslare Europort. Wexford County Council previously developed a preliminary scheme for a new offline Port Access Road to remove port traffic from the village of Rosslare Harbour. The old scheme layout consisted of approximately 1.5km of road carriageway, three roundabouts, a railway crossing and associated local road works. The scheme did not proceed through the planning process, but the corridor is currently incorporated into the County Development Plan as part of the selected route corridor for the N11/N25 Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour major road project. This option will be included in the Option Selection Process along with a do-minimum option and any other feasible online and offline options.
Timeline of project
Wexford County Council has been allocated funding in 2020 to advance planning and design work on the project. During 2020 it is proposed to undertake various studies and public consultation exercises in order to confirm the preferred scheme option. The design and environmental assessment of the proposed scheme will then proceed, and it is anticipated that the project could proceed through the statutory planning processes by the end of 2021. The project is still at an early stage of development, and it is not therefore possible at this time to indicate a likely timeframe for construction of the project which will be dependent upon the outcome of the statutory planning approval process and the securing of the necessary funding. Progress on the project is subject to ongoing funding from Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
An indicative timeline for major milestones in the development of the planning and design of the project are summarised below. Timelines are subject to relevant funding and approvals.