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Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton is pushing for funding to upgrade of the Dunkettle Interchange. Although the upgrade project was approved by An Bord Pleanala, there is no timescale for the works due to the lack of available funding.

“The Dunkettle Interchange, at the mouth of the Jack Lynch tunnel where the M8, N40 and N25 meet, can become very congested at peak times. Commuters who travel this route are often faced with long tailbacks which can lead to lengthy delays for drivers at peak times adding a substantial amount of time for many travelling to and from work.

“The National Roads Authority (NRA) has detailed plans to upgrade the Jack Lynch Tunnel/ Dunkettle Interchange. The overall design has been completed, compulsory purchase orders and environmental impact statements have been published and the entire scheme was approved by An Bord Pleanala. I understand that the NRA’s plans will allow for free flowing traffic in all directions (currently this is only available to traffic travelling east-west) and to remove locally generated traffic from the interchange

“Recently I have been contacted by constituents who are daily users of the Dunkettle Interchange and Jack Lynch Tunnel and they are anxious that the project be progressed as soon as possible. I have followed up with the NRA and am advised that they await funding from central government to meet the costs of the project. I have therefore written to the Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe TD seeking he make the necessary funding available to allow these very important improvements to be carried out.