Fianna Fáil Cllr Lisa McDonald has called on the Government to progress the N11/N25 Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour project.

The project was first proposed in 2009 and a public display of the preferred route corridor was held in July 2011. Wexford County Council has made application to the National Roads Authority for funding to progress to design stage. The Government has failed to deliver on this funding to date.

Cllr Lisa McDonald said, “The new M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy bypass is set to open in the coming weeks and will greatly add to the transport infrastructure in Wexford. Enniscorthy is currently a major bottleneck for traffic and the new motorway bypass will take the heavy trucks off the streets as they travel to and from Rosslare Harbour.

“We need to see further progress on the N11 / N25 Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour project. There is a plan to build a new motorway that continues the Enniscorthy bypass to the N25 near Wexford town. This project also includes a new section of the N25 linking up with Rosslare Harbour. The completion of this project would ensure that there is no single carriageway remaining on the N11. This would have a massive positive impact for Wexford.

“The N11 / N25 upgrade project has been stuck in limbo as the project cannot progress to the next stage without funding being allocated by the NRA. I am calling on the Government to ensure that this funding is delivered without any unnecessary delay. We need to know for certain that this project will get the go ahead.

“I believe this infrastructure project is of national importance considering its impact on Rosslare Harbour. Brexit is only around the corner and the Government has been warned that Rosslare Harbour is vital in ensuring Ireland remains connected to our European partners. Everything must be done to protect and enhance the services offered by Rosslare Harbour.

“I intend on bringing a motion before Wexford County Council on this issue in September. It’s time that we had an open and honest debate about the future of the N11 / N25 upgrade project,” concluded Cllr McDonald.