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Policy Planning and Framework for Roads

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Ireland's Policy Planning and Framework for Roads was published in 1985. Its publication followed the 1984 National Development Plan ("Building On Reality").

From a roads perspective, the policy was an update to the 1979 Road Development Plan. It remarked that progress had so far been slowed by a lack of funding.

The policy stated an aspiration to have all national primary routes and heavily trafficked national secondary routes built with a minimum carriageway width of 7.3 metres plus hard shoulders.

Roads Listed

Ongoing Projects

Projects To Start Immediately

  • N1:
    • Balbriggan By-Pass
    • Dunleer By-Pass
  • N2:
    • Corlatt (Monaghan)
  • N3:
    • Navan Road (city boundary to Clonee)
    • Navan Relief Road
  • N4:
    • Johns Bridge
    • Chapelizod By-Pass
    • Lucan By-Pass
    • Lucan/Kilcock
    • Drumsna/Jamestown
    • Collooney By-Pass/Sligo
  • N6:
    • Athlone By-Pass
    • Oranmore By-Pass
  • N7:
    • Newbridge By-Pass
    • Roscrea By-Pass
  • N8:
    • Watergrasshill/Dunkettle
  • N9:
    • Leighlinbridge By-Pass
  • N11:
    • Shankill/Bray By-Pass
    • Newtownmountkennedy By-Pass
    • Brownswood/Edermine
    • Wexford By-Pass
  • N13:
    • Port Road/Manorcunningham
  • N17:
    • Ballindine/Claremorris
  • N18:
    • Limerick/Ballycasey
  • N20:
    • Cork/Mallow
  • N21:
    • Patrickswell/Reems
    • Ballycarthy/Tralee
  • N22:
    • Killarney By-Pass
  • N25:
    • Midleton By-Pass
    • Dungarvan By-Pass
    • Waterford Bridge
    • Dock Road/Ferrybank
    • Glenmore
    • Slieverue By-Pass
  • N69:
    • Askeaton By-Pass
  • N78:
    • Athy Relief Road
  • N79:
    • Mountgarrett/Scarke
  • N81:
    • Clanbrassil Street
    • Tallaght By-Pass
  • Dublin:
    • Western Ring Road
    • Southern Cross Route
    • Inner Tangent Ring
    • Malahide Road
    • Dundrum Relief Road
  • Cork:
    • Mulcon Valley
    • Southern Ring Road
    • Northern Ring Road
  • Limerick:
  • Dun Laoghaire:
    • Blackrock By-Pass
  • Dundalk:
    • Inner Relief Road (Phase II)
  • Kilkenny:
    • Inner Relief Road
  • Sligo:
    • N4 Sligo Inner Relief Road

Future Projects

  • N1:
    • Lissenhall/Balbriggan By-Pass
    • Balbriggan By-Pass/Dunleer By-Pass
    • Dundalk/Border
  • N2:
    • Carrickmacross Relief Road
    • Monaghan Relief Road
  • N3:
    • Clonee By-Pass
    • Cavan By-Pass
  • N4:
    • Kinnegad By-Pass
    • Mullingar By-Pass
    • Longford By-Pass
  • N5:
    • Turlough/Castlebar
    • Castlebar Relief Road
  • N6:
    • Ballinasloe By-Pass
    • Loughrea By-Pass
  • N7:
    • Kildare By-Pass
    • Kildare/Portlaoise By-Pass
    • Portlaoise By-Pass
    • Mountrath Relief Road
    • Nenagh By-Pass
    • Limerick Outer Ring
  • N8:
    • Abbeyleix By-Pass
    • Cashel By-Pass
    • Cahir By-Pass and Approaches
  • N9:
    • Kilcullen Link
    • Carlow Ring Road
  • N11:
    • Kilmacanogue/Glen O'Down
    • Newtownmountkennedy By-Pass/Ashford
    • Rathnew By-Pass
    • Arklow By-Pass
  • N15:
    • Bundoran By-Pass
    • Donegal By-Pass
    • Ballybofey/Stranolar
  • N18:
    • Ennis Ring Road
    • Newmarket-on-Fergus By-Pass
  • N20:
    • Croom By-Pass
    • Patrickswell/Limerick
  • N22:
    • Minish/Curraglass
    • Macroom By-Pass
  • N24:
    • Clonmel Inner Relief Road
  • N25:
    • Dunkettle/Carrigtwohill
  • Dublin:
  • Cork:
  • Limerick:
    • Northern Ring Road
  • Dun Laoughaire:
    • Merrion Gates By-Pass
  • Galway:
    • Ballybane/Headford Road

Successors

Further road development plans were published in the 1990s, but these were usually focused on tackling specific issues. They weren't as thorough as this one.

Most of the schemes listed here were eventually carried forwards, or even built to a higher standard than initially envisaged, with some notable exceptions in the Dublin area. The National Roads Authority carried out its own Road Needs Study in 1998, which listed each route according to what its minimum capacity should be.




Policy Planning and Framework for Roads
Roads policy and legislation
Legislation (UK)Road Traffic Act 1930 • Trunk Roads Act 1936 • Trunk Roads Act 1946 • Special Roads Act 1949 • Highways Act 1980 • Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 • Road  Traffic Regulation Act 1984 • Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 • Infrastructure Act 2015 • Transport (Scotland) Act 2019
Legislation (Ireland)Roads Act 1920 • Local Government (Roads and Drainage) Act 1968 • Local Government (Roads and Motorways) Act 1974 • Local Government (Toll Roads) Act 1979 • Roads Act 1993 • Roads (Amendment) Act 1998 • Roads Act 2007 • Local Government (Roads Functions) Act 2007 • Roads Act 2015
PolicyRoads for the Future (1969) • Road Development Plan (Ireland 1979) • Policy Planning and Framework for Roads (Ireland 1985) • Roads For Prosperity (1989) • A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England (1998) • Road Investment Strategy (2014)
Governmental bodiesDepartment for Infrastructure (Roads) • Department for Transport • National Highways • North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent • Office of Rail and Road • South Wales Trunk Road Agent • Transport Focus • Transport Infrastructure Ireland • Transport Scotland
Other termsProtected Road • Section 278 Agreement • Special Road


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