Cork North Ring Road

2nd-February-2021

Background

The Cork North Ring Road (CNRR) project has been proposed for a number of years by Cork City Council and Cork County Council in conjunction with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

This project is included in Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan 2018-2027. National Strategic Outcome 2 – Enhance Regional Accessibility Road Network stated that the CNRR is a complementary scheme to the N/M20 (Cork to Limerick) and appraisal for this scheme is to be assessed as the overall transport strategy for the overall metropolitan Cork area.

The Cork Development Plan 2015 – 2021 lists the provision of CNRR as a Strategic Road Infrastructure Objective. The plan states that the CNRR is a key strategic road priority for the City. The Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy 2040 (CMATS) has been developed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in collaboration with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), Cork City Council and Cork County Council. This strategy takes its lead at national level from the National Planning Framework 2040 and the National Development Plan 2018-2027 and builds on previous transport studies including Cork City Centre Movement strategy, Cork Area Strategic Plan (CASP) and the Cork Metropolitan Cycle Network.

Current Status

The Cork National Roads Office has requested tender submissions from suitability experienced Technical Consultancy Services (TCS). The TCS will appraise the route and progress the route to Phase 2 of the TII Project Management Guidelines “Route Selection”.

The TCS will be appointed in Quarter 1 of 2021.

The study area magnitude reflects the strategic nature of the route.