€315m Irish road PPP confirmed

Ireland's Transport Minister has said that the N25 New Ross bypass would go ahead, despite years of delays and concerns over costs.

Leo Varadkar confirmed this week that money would be made available, and would continue to be made available for the purchase of land to build the 14.8km New Ross Bypass route amid fears it would be shelved.

In September, the future of the project became unclear after it was reported that a question mark had been placed over the road and other PPP toll road plans. Varadkar met with Wexford County and New Ross Town Councils this week to clarify confusion surrounding the deal.

The bypass comprises a new road stretching from Jamestown to Ballymacar, incorporating a new crossing of the River Barrow between Pink Rock to the west and Stokestown and linking the N30 at Corcoran's Cross.

It is more than a decade since it was announced that New Ross was to be bypassed and early timelines predicted that it would be operational by 2007, but due to technical difficulties and lack of funds, it wasn't until 2009 that the compulsory purchase orders affecting 89 landowners were published.

A total of €24m in public money has been allocated for the project this year, which will mainly be used for the acquisition of the necessary lands. Negotiations  are ongoing in relation to the remainder of the lands, and are expected to be complete by the end of this year, according to Wexford County Council.