An Taoiseach officially opens M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway Scheme
The new M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy motorway bypass in County Wexford has been officially opened to traffic today.
Three new sections of road combine to create the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Public Private Partnership Scheme, the M11/N11 mainline, the N30 dual carriageway and the N30 mainline. The scheme will result in reductions in travel times on the Dublin to Wexford route of approximately 15 minutes during off-peak times and 30 minutes during peak times.
Costing €400 million, the combined 39 km of the M11 motorway and associated roads have been under construction since January 2016 and have been completed on schedule with 1,850,000 person-hours completed on-site during the construction period. 129 previously unknown archaeological sites were uncovered and excavated by archaeologists from TVAS (Ireland) Ltd. The record of these finds has now been filed for public viewing at the National Museum of Ireland.
The opening of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP Scheme was officiated by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD in the presence of Mr Cormac O’Rourke Chairman TII and Cllr. Michael Sheehan Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council.
Officially opening the motorway, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD stated, “The opening of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway is yet more proof of the Government’s public capital programme being delivered. The M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway is a first class piece of transport infrastructure. I thank all involved in the efficient delivery of the project and I wish all who travel on the road a safe journey”,
The bypass will relieve chronic traffic congestion through Enniscorthy town, with an estimated reduction of 6,000 vehicles a day
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Michael Sheehan said the new road network was significant not just for Enniscorthy but for the county and southeast as a whole, “The opening of the new motorway is a significant milestone in Wexford’s story. We are open for development, growth and investment as Dublin is within easy reach. This provides new opportunities for Enniscorthy to expand, to rejuvenate the town centre and offer a new chance for the whole county to tell its story and redefine itself to a whole new audience. It is the challenge for this generation - one we must maximize and make the most of.”
The scheme includes fifty-seven new structures, including eight overbridges, five underbridges, thirty-one farm accommodation underpasses, and three Rail River bridges.
Cormac O’Rourke Chairman TII stated, “The completion of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy motorway marks another significant milestone in modernising our national road infrastructure. It will improve road user safety as well as help to provide the southeast region of the country with the capacity to manage economic growth well into the future.”
This major road construction scheme brought together Irish, Dutch and Spanish expertise. The Royal BAM Group with headquarters in the Netherlands and the Dragados and Iridium divisions of the Spanish ACS Group with headquarters in Madrid formed an experienced consortium to deliver this project. With such a strong Spanish influence the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency, Mr. IIdefonso Castro was delighted to attend at the official opening.
Wexford County Council Chief Executive, Tom Enright said, “The extension of the M11 motorway 27 km to the south will bring great savings in travel times, improve traffic safety and will bring employment and investment into County Wexford and Enniscorthy town in particular”.
Providing visual art on the route three artists were chosen to carry out community visual art projects under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. Public exhibitions are due to take place between July and November 2019.
ENDS – July 18 2019