Southern Regional Assembly RSES LowRes

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Key Infrastructural Requirements i. Priority transport infrastructure - enhanced rail services and improved line speeds, town bus services, Kilkenny Road – Wexford N80-R448 (Southern Relief Road), N80 upgrade as a key inter- regional route and link to Rosslare Europort; Strengthen ‘steady state’ investment in rail infrastructure to ensure its continued renewal and maintenance to high level to provide quality levels of safety, service, accessibility and connectivity; iii. Potential location for regional logistics facility ii.

Road network connectivity to Dublin, Waterford via M9 and to the Midlands and South-East via N80 can be developed and augmented; • Rail network connectivity to Dublin &Waterford; • Strong international connectivity with direct access routes to the Ports of Waterford and Rosslare & Dublin &Waterford Airports; • Important regional centre of education and research with IT Carlow (ITC) and St. Patricks College located in the town as well as the Teagasc Agricultural Centre. The ITC will become a campus of the Technological University of the South-East (TUSE); • Diverse employment in pharmaceutical, engineering and finance sectors with notable companies being Merck, UNUM and Netwatch; • The strong retail sector in Carlow is an important part of the economic base; • Carlow is an attractive destination for Arts, Culture and Heritage located within Ireland’s Ancient East. Significant investment in the arts and cultural offering of Carlow Town, including development of the Cultural Quarter in Carlow Town in an area around the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Visual Art Gallery, County Museum and Carlow Cathedral; • A bilingual County supporting cultural, education and commercial diversity; • Recreational assets of the River Barrow, Oak Park Forest Park & Duckett’s Grove in the Carlow Town Environs; • Important role of St. Dympna’s Hospital/ Carlow District Hospital in health provision.

to serve the Region along the M9 and/or on the Dublin-Waterford rail line. Rail freight handling facilities to support model shift from road to rail; Development of an economic quarter on lands around the railway station & improved linkages to/ from Fair Green & Barrack Street within the town centre; The upgrading and development of water supply and additional investment in wastewater infrastructure to support the economic development and anticipated growth of Carlow.



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