FAQ’S


Q1.1Who is running the project?
A1.1Tipperary County Council in conjunction with Limerick City and County Council are progressing the development of the N24 Cahir to Limerick Junction Project. The project is being managed by Mid West National Roads Design Office with Arup appointed as lead consultant to advance the project through the planning and design process.
Q1.2Why is the project needed?
A1.2The N24 is a strategic corridor from Limerick to Waterford and is particularly important for the enhancement of accessibility to the towns it passes through, namely Tipperary Town, Cahir, Clonmel and Carrrick-on-Suir and their rural hinterland. The N24 Cahir to Limerick Junction Project endeavours to resolve the existing transport and safety issues along the section of the N24 between Cahir and Limerick Junction.  
Q1.3 The Project name is confusing – why does the project extend so far west of Limerick Junction?
A1.3The extents of the project and the study area were extended on the western end from Limerick Junction to include Oola as there are some safety concerns with the existing railway bridge on the eastern side of the village on the existing N24 which were identified during Phase 1 of the project. The extension of the study area from Phase 1 to 2 was approved as part of the review process with TCC, Mid West NRDO and TII.
Q1.4What does “Preferred Transport Solution” mean?
A1.4The Preferred Transport Solution is a combination of the alternatives and options that represent the best balance and most benefit for the project. It is an integrated sustainable transport solution that includes active travel measures for walking and cycling, improvements to public transport, demand management measures and upgraded and new road infrastructure for the communities along the N24 transport corridor from west of Brooks Bridge in County Limerick to Cahir in County Tipperary.  
Q1.5How was the Preferred Transport Solution selected?
A1.5Since the conclusion of Public Consultation No. 2 on Alternatives and Options, the design team have completed their review of the feedback received from the public and undertaken a systematic assessment of the Alternatives and Options under the 6 multi-criteria headings, namely Economy, Safety, Accessibility & Social Inclusion, Integration, Environment and Physical activity, and selected a Preferred Transport Solution to deliver a reliable and sustainable transport solution for the N24 corridor between Cahir in County Tipperary and Brooks Bridge in County Limerick.  
Q1.6When will the landowners directly affected by the Preferred Transport Solution be contacted?
A1.6Every landowner directly affected by the Preferred Transport Solution was contacted by letter as part of the Public Display event. If your property is within the Preferred Corridor as shown on our website interactive map and the public display material and you have not received a letter, please let us know.
Q1.7When is the earliest timeframe that the project could be built?
A1.7The project is currently programmed to submit a planning application to An Bord Pleanála in Q3 2024. Once the planning application is submitted, An Bord Pleanála dictate the project timeline for the Oral Hearing (if one is required) and their decision date. If a positive decision is made by An Board Pleanála, and there are no court challenges to this decision, and funding for construction is approved by government it will subsequently take approximately two years to complete the detailed design and appoint a contractor. The duration for construction is currently unknown as the extents of the project are still unknown at this Phase. Therefore, the only certainty on timeframe at present is that it is expected that the submission of the planning application to An Bord Pleanála will occur in 2024.
Q1.8When will the project be submitted for planning permission and get planning consent?
A1.8The project is currently programmed to submit a planning application to An Bord Pleanála in Q3 2024. Once the planning application is submitted An Bord Pleanála, they dictate the project timeline for the Oral Hearing (if one is required) and their decision date.
Q1.9Why is the project starting again from a blank canvas? What has happened to the previous project?
A1.9The previous project was developed and assessed over 10 years ago and a lot may have changed in those years in terms of constraints and people’s movements (travel for work, education and recreation). It is important to start from a blank canvas to fully understand what the transport issues are, what are the trip generators and attractors and what is the most optimal transport solution.
Q1.10Can the section around Tipperary Town be prioritised and are interim measures being examined as part of this project that could help to improve traffic flow through Tipperary Town?
A1.10The transport issues along the full extents of the study area have been assessed and a Preferred Transport Solution identified. The transport issues at Tipperary Town were part of these studies and the road component of the Preferred Transport Solution provides a bypass of the town. It is important to note that there are safety and transport issues along the full extents of the project which also need to be considered and addressed. All transport modes including walking and cycling facilities and improved public transport have been considered as part of the Preferred Transport Solution. Future technologies such as facilities for autonomous vehicles will also be considered. The phasing of the construction of the road component and the possible prioritisation of the section around Tipperary Town will be considered and assessed as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report that will be prepared during Phase 3 of the project.
Q1.11Has my house been given the same level of importance as other constraints when selecting the preferred transport solution?   
A1.11Your house is an important constraint and has been considered among all the constraints. 
Q1.12Who is carrying out the environmental assessments on the options?          
A1.12A large team of specialists are conducting the environmental assessments for the project. The numerous disciplines and their relevant specialists are listed below.
Landscape and Visual – Brady Shipman Martin
Ecology – Scott Cawley Ltd.
Archaeology and Cultural Heritage – Irish Archaeological Consultancy (IAC)
Human Beings and Population – Optimize Consultants
Air Quality – Arup
Climate – Arup
Noise and Vibration – AWN Consulting
Soils and Geology – Arup
Hydrogeology – Arup
Hydrology – Hydro Environmental Ltd.
Agronomy – Curtin Agricultural Consultants
Q1.13When will the planning permissions, which are currently frozen due to comments from this Project, be unfrozen? When will the current planning referrals area be refined to the preferred option corridor?
A1.13Planning reviews will be undertaken on all planning applications of interest throughout the duration of the project. Following the commencement of Public Consultation No. 2 – Alternatives and Options, the area of interest for planning referrals was refined from the constraints study area to a buffer around the proposed Option Corridors. Since the Preferred Transport Solution has now been selected, the area of interest has again been refined down to a buffer around the Preferred Option Corridor for the road component.
Q1.14Can a member of the project team be contacted by the public or their representative to ascertain if a proposed planning application will be affected by the project?
A1.14Yes, our project liaison officer is available for the full duration of the project to answer any questions the public and interested parties may have in relation to the project. The project team will be able to advise of any potential conflicts between the proposed planning application and this project.
Q1.15Who finally decides to give planning or not?
A1.15The decision to give planning will be made by An Bord Pleanála.
Q1.16What type of surveys will be undertaken on my land?
A1.16 As part of the Design and Environmental Evaluation stage of the project a number of field surveys, including environmental, topographical and hydrographical surveys will be undertaken in the coming months within an area which includes, but is not limited to, the corridor for the road component for the Preferred Transport Solution. We are contacting individual landowners who are affected by the preferred option once it has been selected.
Q1.17What public transportation solutions are included?
A1.17Improvement to both the bus and rail public transport network has been assessed as part of the selection process. In terms of Bus, the project can facilitate the improvement for Bus Services with improved journey times due to removal of congestion along the network and improved quality of the road. In consultation with the NTA the following will be considered during Phase 3 of the project with the provision of improved road infrastructure: Provide more inter-urban bus services and ensure suitable connectivity to the towns and villages along this route Improve local bus services in Tipperary Town and Cahir Potential to provide new bus routes Departure and arrival times linked to typical working patterns In terms of rail, the project will provide enhanced connectivity to Limerick Junction Railway Station and enable the provision of park and ride facilities at the train station helping transform it into a mobility hub where all modes of transport can interchange.   In consultation with the NTA and Irish Rail there is the potential for the following: Provision of a mobility hub at Limerick Junction Improved rail services, with no interchange between Limerick and Waterford, stopping at all stations along the Limerick to Waterford Line, including Tipperary Town and Cahir which fall within the study area Frequencies of at least 1 train per hour during peak periods Departure and arrival times linked to typical working patterns.    
Q1.18What is Active Travel and what facilities are being provided for pedestrians and cyclists?
A1.18Active Travel means walking or cycling as part of a purposeful journey. Walking as part of a commute to work, cycling to the shop, or scooting to school are all considered Active Travel, whereas walking or cycling for recreational purposes are not. The provision of safe infrastructure to support Active Travel Options such as segregated cycling and walking facilities can also help alleviate congestion and meet climate action objectives by providing viable Alternatives and connectivity with existing public transport infrastructure. The benefits of Active Travel include health benefits as well as environmental and economic benefits. Board 7 of Public Display No. 3 presents the Active Travel and Demand Management measures being proposed and includes a comprehensive cycle network, improved cycle facilities, as well as pedestrian/cycle facilities across the extents of the N24 corridor.
A1.19If you provide all the proposed public transport components of the Preferred Transport Solution, why do you need to build a new road?
Q1.19Our studies to date have shown that Public Transport Improvements (Bus and Rail) in isolation will not resolve the transport issues identified and meet the project objectives but they do form part of an overall transport solution to deliver an overall sustainable transport solution which caters for all modes.
Q1.20Who made the decision on the Preferred Transport Solution?
A1.20Having assessed all of the constraints, issues identified, and feedback received from the public consultation, the design team, which includes a team of environmental specialists, made a recommendation on the Preferred Transport Solution to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee comprises senior management from Tipperary County Council, Mid West National Roads Design Office, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the design team.
Q1.21What is the width of the preferred option corridor and what width is actually required? What type of road will it be?
A1.21The corridor for the road component of the Preferred Transport Solution is 300m wide whereas the design within this corridor will be significantly less than this. Accordingly, there is significant scope even within the chosen corridor to vary the exact route of the proposed road component. The design is not complete at this time and as such the actual width required is unknown. It will most likely be a Type 1 Single Carriageway, but depending on the topography the width of the possible landtake corridor could vary from 30m to 100m.
Q1.22What is the width of Link Road 1 and 2? What type of road will it be?
A1.22The corridor for Link Roads 1 and 2 is 150m wide whereas the design within this corridor will be significantly less than this. Accordingly, there is scope even within the corridor to vary the exact route of the proposed link road. The design is not complete at this time and as such the actual width required is unknown. It will an urban street and depending on the topography the width of the possible landtake corridor could vary from 30m to 100m.
Q1.23Where is the design?
A1.23During Phase 3, the design of the Preferred Transport Solution will be developed in greater detail and in particular the road component within the preferred option corridor in consultation landowners and key stakeholders. This will include more detailed development of the road geometry, junction design, access arrangements, structures, drainage and boundary treatment. Drawing upon further surveys and investigations, information received from the public and technical and environmental inputs, the Phase 3 design will enable any land acquisition requirements to be identified. Updates will be made available on the project website as the design is developed during Phase 3.
Q1.24Can the Preferred Option Corridor be changed?
A1.24The Preferred Option Corridor is 300m wide whereas the design within this corridor will be significantly less than this. Accordingly, there is significant scope even within the chosen corridor to vary the exact route of the proposed road component. It is unlikely that there will be major modifications to the Preferred Option Corridor, however, some adjustments will occur as the detailed design is undertaken in consultation landowners and key stakeholders.
Q1.25How will I know if my property will be affected by CPO (Compulsory Purchase Order)
A1.25As the design progresses through Phase 3 and the landtake necessary for the construction and operation of the preferred transport solution will be identified and those with property within the landtake will be notified. 
Q1.26What do I do if I want to object?
A1.26Formal objections can only be submitted after the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) are published.  In the interim, please feel free to contact the project office with your concerns as it may be possible to mitigate issues throughout the design process.
Q1.27What about compensation?
A1.27Compensation will be paid wherever land or property is directly affected (i.e. land has been purchased). Further details will be explained during consultation with the project team.
Q1.28How will my personal data be handled?
A1.28Our full Privacy Statement with regards to the collection and usage of personal data is available on the project website. Personal data provided to the project team is stored securely and in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements. The data will only be used for the purposes of the N24 Cahir to Limerick Junction Project. Data will not be retained for any longer than is necessary.  
Q1.29How do I contact a member of the Project team to discuss the potential impacts on my property?
A1.29You can book a meeting through the contact us page on this project website with a member of design team, email us on cahirlimerick@midwestroads.ie or phone us on (061) 951 000.
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