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Monday, 16th November 2020

Decision on Drogheda’s Northern Cross Route expected within weeks

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Deputy Fergus O'Dowd.

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien has told Deputy Fergus O’Dowd that a decision on the vital and long-delayed Port Access Northern Access Route in Drogheda will be announced by the end of the year.

The news came in response to a letter from Deputy O’Dowd in which he said he had been campaigning on the project for a number of years which had involved a significant volume of correspondence with successive Ministers.

In his letter to the Minister Deputy O’Dowd pointed out that because Drogheda has now been designated as a regional centre for population and jobs growth in Project 2040, this will surely assist us in securing long awaited funding.

“Everyone acknowledges the importance of this project progressing as it will free Drogheda of the HGV congestion that currently blights our town centre” O’Dowd said.

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“It will also open up significant land banks on the north side of Drogheda for essential residential, commercial and recreational development opportunities.

“The new round of funding applications must also correlate with the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy and this will certainly be the case for the Northern Cross Route in terms of the positive impact it will have on population growth as Drogheda develops in to a city over the coming years.”

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