The proposed Northern Cross Route will open up large tracts of land for housing and take much of the HGV traffic away from the town.
The Northern Cross Route, which is vitally important to Drogheda's future development by diverting much of the HGV traffic from the town centre and opening up large tracts of land for housing, but which has been caught up in planning and funding issues for almost 15 years, seems likely to be given the green light next month.
In a statement issued today local TD, Fergus O’Dowd, says that the next round of the Urban Regeneration and Development Funding (URDF) Scheme will open for applications on February 1st and will pave the way for the long awaited Northern Cross Route Project in Drogheda.
“I met with my colleague Minister Eoghan Murphy TD on Friday afternoon to discuss the vital importance of the Northern Cross Route Project to the people of Drogheda" O'Dowd said. "This project when completed will free Drogheda of the HGV congestion that currently blights our town centre. It will also open up significant land banks on the north side of Drogheda for essential residential, commercial and recreational development opportunities.
“Minister Murphy informed me that the second round criteria has been refined to focus on National Planning Framework priority actions and locations. As Drogheda has now been designated as a regional centre for population and jobs growth in Project 2040, this now paves the way for the Northern Cross Route’s second application to succeed.
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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“Minister Murphy has also given me reassurances that everything will be done to support Drogheda’s economic development and regeneration. I’m very confident that we will finally see this long awaited project final get to construction stage.
“The Minister also outlined that he fully supports the progression of the “Westgate Vision” project, the Westgate Vision is a URDF Category B funding application and the Minister confirmed the project received a letter of government approval to progress in June of 2019. €500k is available to progress this vitally important regeneration project for the West side of Drogheda.