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The commencement of a feasibility study of a relief road for the N25 in Castlemartyr has been welcomed by Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton. Funding has been allocated from Transport Infrastructure Ireland to Cork County Council who are conducting the study.

“I was very pleased to receive confirmation from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) that a relief road for Castlemartyr is being seriously considered. I understand that Cork County Council have received funding to carry out the feasibility study which will examine options for a short to medium term relief road and also the potential impact of such a development on the area”, said Minister Stanton.

“The feasibility study will take a number of months to complete and I understand that it is envisaged that a draft plan should be ready to be reviewed by the end of this year. Following this it is expected that a recommendation will be made in early 2020 regarding the relief road viability.

“I understand that it is hoped that any relief road project will be under 5km which would constitute a ‘minor improvement scheme’. This would allow the project to be progressed by TII without a need to be included in the National Development Plan. Castlemartyr village suffers severe congestion on a daily basis and a short relief road would greatly reduce current traffic problems”, concluded Minister Stanton.