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Major new route corridor back on the agenda

As part of the process, a new southern link road, between the N22 and the N71 Muckross Road in Killarney, will also being developed.
Pictures: Kerry County Council

A PERIOD of public consultation on the long-awaited development of improved transport links and a new route corridor to enhance connectivity between Farranfore and Killarney will commence on Friday.

Kerry County Council is working in partnership with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the Department of Transport to develop the major N22 project and the public will be invited to engage in a process of consultation over the coming weeks.

The aim of the consultations is to examine and identify improved transport linkages between Farranfore and Killarney including identifying the broad parameters of the area within which a new road-based link could be developed. As part of the process, a new southern link road, between the N22 and the N71 Muckross Road in Killarney, is also being developed.

An online public consultation period will run for six weeks from May 14 to June 25 and members of the public and interested parties can view the shortlisted route corridor options on the project website https://n22.kerrycoco.ie/ from this coming Friday. Alternatively, submissions can also be sent in by Freepost or email to the addresses outlined on the website.

An information leaflet and brochure have been produced to inform the public about the process

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen, said it is a hugely important project for the entire county and it has tremendous potential to enhance regional connectivity between Tralee and Killarney and the north and south of the county as well as improving safety for everyone.

“I urge everyone to engage with the public consultation process and have their say,” he said.

Following the consultation on the route options corridors, an emerging preferred route corridor for the scheme will be identified which will be displayed at a future public consultation. Once a likely route corridor emerges a northern link road in Killarney town and an N23 link at Farranfore will also be progressed.

Kerry County Council has appointed Jacobs Engineering Ireland Ltd as technical advisors to progress the planning and design phases for the scheme.

The aim of the consultations is to examine and identify improved transport linkages between Farranfore (pictured) and Killarney

During the consultation people can also book an appointment within the online virtual room and request a call back to speak with a member of the project team by phone or video call.

An information leaflet and brochure have been produced to inform the public about the process and how they can engage with the project team.

In 2003, a preferred route corridor for an improved section of the N22 national primary road between Farranfore and Killarney was identified. Following a peer review process in 2008, some refinement areas were identified for re-assessment and a refined preferred route corridor was finalised in 2012.

The project was later suspended due to the prevailing economic circumstances at the time but, in 2019, Kerry County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland commenced a review of the scheme in accordance with current national guidelines to consider and assess all alternative modes and options which could potentially improve the transport connectivity between Farranfore and Killarney and onwards to Tralee and Cork.