This will be used for project news as the project progresses. Phase 1 (Concept and Feasibility) of the project was completed in February 2021. Phase 2 (Options Selection) which is scheduled to take 24 months is ongoing.
News Bulletin #5 – Postponement of Public Consultation No. 2 – Alternatives and Options
The non-statutory public consultation on Alternatives and Options for the N24 Waterford to Cahir Project that was scheduled for January 2022 is postponed at present – further updates to follow.
News Bulletin #4 – Revised Timeline for Public Consultation No. 2 – Alternatives and Options
The non-statutory public consultation on Alternatives and Options for the N24 Waterford to Cahir Project that was scheduled for Q4 2021 is being postponed until January 2022. A number of in-person consultation events at locations within the study area, combined with presenting the material on the project website were being planned for November/ December 2021.
In light of recent rises in the cases of COVID-19, Kilkenny County Council has decided in the interest of public safety not to hold an in-person public consultation event and therefore, the public consultation will be fully on-line. To ensure adequate opportunity for participation by the public, the consultation will run for a period of 6 weeks. The consultation has therefore been postponed until January 2022 to avoid it running through the Christmas period.
The purpose of this non-statutory public consultation will be to inform the public of the potential transport solutions developed that have the potential to solve the issues identified along the N24 corridor between Waterford and Cahir and to provide an opportunity for the public to give feedback. Potential solutions include road based options, including a potential upgrade of the existing road, and alternative transport solutions such as bus, rail and active travel modes. Public consultation forms an important part of advancing the development of an appropriate solution for the project.
More detailed information will be provided on this website closer to the date of the public consultation platform going live. Notices will be placed in local newspapers and advertisements will run on local radio stations throughout the consultation period to inform the public. Potentially affected landowners will be notified directly and invited to engage directly with the project team.
Kilkenny County Council, in partnership with Tipperary County Council, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the Department of Transport (DoT), values the opinion of the community on this project and looks forward to feedback from the public and interested parties when the consultation commences.
News Bulletin #3 – Constraints Study Public Consultation Ended
The non-statutory Public Consultation on ‘Constraints’ ended on 01 June 2021. The project team will now be reviewing submissions and will formally respond to individuals submissions. The material that was on display at the virtual public consultation is available here. The purpose of the consultation was to inform the public of the study area for the project, the key constraints identified to date and the programme for advancement of the project. Public consultation forms an important part of advancing the development of an appropriate solution for the project.
Following the valued feedback the project team will review the information, which will feed the process of identifying appropriate solutions to the issues that have been identified. Appropriate solutions may include alternatives such as bus, rail and active travel modes, and different road based options. The alternatives and Options developed will all be displayed at our next public consultation, programmed for the end of 2021.
News Bulletin #2 – Constraints Study Public Consultation
A non-statutory public consultation is now available on this project website for virtual participation until 1st June 2021 and is available here. The purpose of this consultation is to inform the public of the study area for the project, the key constraints identified to date and the programme for advancement of the project. Public consultation forms an important part of advancing the development of an appropriate solution for the project.
As part of this process, the project team are seeking feedback from the public on the study area and key constraints for the project.
Due to COVID-19, Kilkenny County Council is unable to hold a public consultation event in-person within the study area for the project. An online public consultation platform has therefore been developed on this project website and has been live since 1pm on Tuesday 4th May 2021. It contains all the information that would normally be displayed at a formal in-person public consultation. This online public consultation platform provides a virtual public consultation room and interactive maps with the key constraints identified to date and an online feedback form for submission of comments or queries.
It is understood that online information cannot be accessed by everyone, and notwithstanding the restrictions COVID-19 present, the project team is keen to engage with people throughout the consultation period. Hardcopies of brochures and feedback forms can be requested, and telephone meetings can also be booked by calling Kilkenny County Council on 056-779 4000.
Submissions can be made using the online feedback form available on the project website www.n24waterford2cahir.ie/, or by email to N24Waterford2Cahir@kilkennycoco.ie, or by post addressed to N24 Waterford to Cahir Project, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny, R95 A39T up until Tuesday 1st of June 2021.
Kilkenny County Council in partnership with Tipperary County Council values the opinion of the community on this project and welcomes feedback from the public and interested parties.