From The East Cork Journal.
Fine Gael Cllr Anthony Barry has welcomed plans for a full redesign of the Midleton to Carrigtwohill upgrade.
The Deputy Chair of the Southern Committee made his comment as consultants are to be appointed this week to redesign part of the County’s main artery East.
Cllr Barry said it was “great to see the project progress as we need to find a way to get the traffic off the N25 and into Midleton faster.”
Last November, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the N25 forms part of the Atlantic Economic Corridor and Cork County Council need to return to the drawing board, as the previous design no longer meets modern standards.
A decade after a study of the 7km section East of Carrigtwohill, the Department of Transport has approved a project appraisal plan which clears the way for another report.
In 2010 a full Transport Management Report and Design was completed, with experts recommending that the section of motorway should be upgraded to a high quality dual carriageway through median closures and the construction of a new grade separated junction.
The upgrade of this section of road is seen as key to attracting industry and jobs to East Cork, to the former Amgen site just outside Carrigtwohill.
The 56 hectare site has lain idle since 2009 after the Biotechnology Company decided to put the construction of its billion dollar bulk manufacturing facility on hold. The factory had the potential of employing up to 1,100 people which would have changed the entire makeup of the region.
At the time Cork County Council invested over €6million to upgrade the site to accommodate its development.
Since 2009 a number of firms have expressed significant interest in obtaining the former Amgen site although no formal commitment to take over the site has been made.
Under the Midleton and Waterrock Master plans the authority intend to construct 5,000 homes, 6 schools ( 4 Primary and 2 Secondary) a shopping Centre, a number of parks and a second railway station for the Midleton area.
Leading to fears the N25 between Carrigtwohill and Midleton will be gridlocked unless new infrastructure is put in place