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Special Road • Roads Act 1993

A Protected Road is a road type within the the Republic of Ireland which is set out in s.45 of the Roads Act 1993 and is similar to a non-motorway Special Road in the UK. Such roads are restricted either to specific types of traffic or classes of vehicle and makes it an offence to use the road outside the accordance of these. However, unlike Special Roads, a Protected Road is a separate designation of road from an Irish Motorway which itself is defined in the Act. One of the key distinctions between the default prohibition of pedestrians from using the motorway.

Protected Roads, like Irish Motorways, are also subject to s.46 of the Roads Act 1993 which prevents new accesses being created onto the road without specific instruments being used under s.49 of the Roads Act, which prevents simple planning consent being used to create the access. s.46 also gives the power for any accesses created illegally to be removed.

Currently, the final stretch of the proposed M28/N28 from Cork to Ringaskiddy providing access to the port is proposed to be designated a Protected Road.


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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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