Kilkenny Northern Ring Road Extension - Freshford Road to Castlecomer Road
The proposed road will connect the N77 from the Castlecomer Road Roundabout at Junction 10 on the Kilkenny Ring Road to the R693 Freshford Road, just north of Aut Even Hospital and approximately 2.5km north of Kilkenny City Centre. The length of the proposed scheme is approximately 1.5km and includes for a bridge crossing over the River Nore.
The key objectives for this scheme include:
- Reduce congestion in the City Centre and Green's Bridge.
- Complement the proposed Kilkenny Central Access Scheme.
- Provide an extension to the N77 Ring Road connecting the Freshford Road and the north-west of the City to the existing Ring Road.
- Further develop the Strategic Road Network for the Region, connecting the M9 to the M8 via the Kilkenny Ring Road.
The Scheme provides a reliable, safe and efficient link between the M9 and the east and south-east of the country and the M8 at Urlingford and the north and north-west of the country.
- Facilitate the promotion of walking and cycling.
- Improve traffic safety and convenience.
Scheme Update January 2016
The Environmental Impact Statement, Compulsory Purchase Order for this scheme issued to An Bord Pleanála on 13th December, 2013. An Bord Pleanála approved the EIS and the CPO in the second quarter of 2014. A Judicial Review of that decision has been sought by local landowners and Kilkenny County Council awaits the outcome of that process in advance of being in a position to advise Members as to the next stage for the Scheme.
Update December 2013
Kilkenny County Council in accordance with Section 51 of the Roads Act, 1993, Section 215 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended by the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006 hereby gives notice that it proposes to seek the approval of An Bord Pleanála for the above development.
To this end, Kilkenny County Council submitted the Environmental Impact Statement for this scheme to An Bord Pleanála on the 13th December 2013.
A full copy of the Environmental Impact Statement and public notice is available for inspection and free to download at the following links:
Public Notice - Environmental Impact Statement Kilkenny Northern Ring Road Extension
Environmental Impact Statement Kilkenny Northern Ring Road Extension
The Compulsory Purchase Order for this scheme was submitted to An Bord Pleanála on the 20th December 2013.
A copy of the Compulsory Purchase Order Schedule is available for inspection and free to download at the following link:
Provision of proposed Kilkenny Northern Ring Road Extension (Freshford Road to Castlecomer Road)- Kilkenny County Council Compulsory Purchase Order No. 2 of 2013
A Natura Impact Statement accompanying the Environmental Impact Statement was lodged with the application for the Kilkenny Northern Ring Road Extension (Freshford Road to Castlecomer Road).