Press Release - Public Consultation on Alternatives and Options for the N24 Waterford to Cahir Project
Non-statutory public consultation on the N24 Waterford to Cahir project from 3 May 2022 to 20 May 2022. Information will be available in-person at four public consultation events as well as on in an online consultation room on the project website www.n24waterford2cahir.ie
Kilkenny County Council, in partnership with Tipperary County Council, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the Department of Transport (DoT) are developing the N24 Waterford to Cahir Project. The project is included in the National Development Plan 2021-2030.
Following the Public Consultation to inform the Constraints Study in May/June 2021, the second Public Consultation on the Alternatives and Options developed for the project has commenced today [Tuesday 3 May] following an online briefing to elected representatives and will run from 3 May 2022 to 20 May 2022.
Public consultation is an important and integral part of the process during the various Phases of major project planning. The process is used to inform the general public, and in particular those who might possibly be directly affected, about the proposed project, the manner by which the eventual solution will be selected and the considerations that will inform this choice, i.e. environmental, engineering, safety and financial. It is also an opportunity for members of the public to highlight aspects of concern or special interest that should be considered by the Council and its Consultants in advancing the planning and design of the project. In this second round of Public Consultation, the project team are seeking feedback from the public on the Alternatives and Options being developed for this project. I urge everyone to engage with the public consultation process and have your say”.
The N24 Waterford to Cahir project team has worked over the last 2 years to carefully define the transport problem in line with all current policy. Alternatives and Options have been identified and an opportunity is now being given to the public and stakeholders to engage with these in order to help inform the process of identifying the preferred transport solution.”
Potential solutions for this project may include alternative transport solutions such as bus, rail and active travel modes, and different road based options. These solutions will be subject to a comparative assessment of their potential impacts, and their relative success in achieving the project objectives to determine the preferred solution for the project.
The Alternatives and Options will be on display at in-person public consultation events at four venues across the study area on the below dates:
- Mooncoin Community Hall, Mooncoin, 3 May 2022, 2pm to 8pm
- Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, 4 May 2022, 2pm to 8pm
- Cahir House Hotel, Cahir, 5 May 2022, 2pm to 8pm
- Carraig Hotel, Carrick-on-Suir, 6 May 2022, 2pm to 8pm
In addition, the information will be available through an online consultation room on the dedicated website n24waterford2cahir.ie throughout the consultation period from 3 May 2022 to 20 May 2022.
Hardcopies of brochures and feedback forms will be available at the four events, on the project website or can be requested by phone. In addition to meeting the project team at the in person events, a telephone/ online meeting will be bookable via the online booking facility on the project website or by calling Kilkenny County Council on 056-779 4380.
Hard copy maps of the potential transport solutions will also be available to view at Carrick-on-Suir Municipal Council Building (Carrick-on-Suir) and Ferrybank Library (Ferrybank, via Waterford, X91 D211) from 9 May 2022 to 20 May 2022.
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.
Submissions can be made up until close of business Friday 20 May 2022.