Local Authorities have identified infrastructure to strengthen regional accessibility and sustainable mobility for Key Towns. Examples include: • Tralee: North and West Tralee Relief Roads, R558 Tralee to Feint Port; • Killarney: N22 Farranfore-Killarney Realignment by pass, Southern and Eastern Relief Road Schemes; • Mallow: Relieve traffic congestion through relief road (Northern Relief Road); • Clonakilty: Northern Relief Road and Western Relief Road; • Ennis: Northern Inner Relief Road linking the Gort Road (R458) to the Tulla Road (R351), link from the Drumcliff Road (L4182) to the Lahinch Road (N85), link from the Drumcliff Road (L4182) to the Gort Road (R458), link from Clon Road (R871) to the Quin Road (R469) and possible provision of a new access to the motorway from the Quin Road; • Nenagh: Upgrade of R498 Nenagh to Thurles Road, provision of a new link road between the N52 and R445 and provision of a new inner relief road from R498 to R445; • Thurles: Upgrade of R498 Nenagh to Thurles Road, provision of the Thurles Relief Road; • Newcastle West: Distributor Road; • Carlow: Kilkenny Road to Wexford N80-R448 (Southern Relief Road); N80 upgrade as a key inter- regional route and link to Rosslare Europort; • Clonmel: Benefits from upgrade of N24 linking Limerick and Waterford; • Dungarvan: Benefits from upgrade of N72 between Dungarvan and Mallow; • Kilkenny: Improved accessibility to the Port of Waterford and Rosslare Europort; • Wexford: Improved accessibility from Rosslare and Wexford to Waterford, improvements to M11/M25 from Oilgate to Rosslare, N30 and N80; • Gorey: Delivery of Orbital Route (avenues) and bridges over rail line identified in the Gorey Local Area Plan 2017-23 - Neighbourhood Framework Plans. Local authorities plan toprogress a range of other regional and local roads projects across the Region. These projects will be selected and prioritised in accordance with the RSES objectives and the hierarchy of transport plans at regional, metropolitan area and settlement levels. These will be developed in accordance with Guidelines on a Common Appraisal Framework for Transport Projects and Programmes from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and in accordance with the general objectives of the RSES.
Strategic Road Network Improvement Priorities
It is an objective to achieve and maintain investment in the sustainable development of strategic priorities in regional and local roads subject to required appraisal, planning and environmental assessment processes and in accordance with Guidelines on a Common Appraisal Framework for Transport Projects and Programmes for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and in accordance with the general objectives of the RSES.
184.108.40.206 | Rail Rail is a valuable national asset which contributes directly to: • Enhanced mobility and reduced traffic congestion; • Regional / national economic & tourismdevelopment; • Reducing carbon emissions and achieving national climate change targets. The Region is relatively well-served in terms of rail connectivity with radial rail connections to the key urban areas. A National Rail Review identified the achievement of steady state maintenance of existing transport assets prior to investing in new assets as a funding priority. Intercity rail services play a key role in offering sustainable travel alternatives for longer distance trips and improved inter-regional connectivity. The network is at a competitive disadvantage due to inadequate infrastructure investment compared to the major inter-urban motorway network. An investment programme for the delivery of more competitive rail journey times and increased service frequencies, as a counterbalance to road developments, is crucial. Fleet and infrastructure enhancements (including longer-term electrification), along with improved frequency and journey times on all rail routes serving the Region will be required to compete with current road- based journey times on the inter-urban road network. There is scope for further improvements to existing rail services and this will be assisted by the delivery of the National Train Control Centre. A feasibility study of high-speed rail between Dublin-Belfast, Dublin- Limerick Junction/Cork will also be undertaken.
Southern Regional Assembly | RSES
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