N25 Between Carrigtwohill and Midleton Facing Traffic Chaos if Plans to Build 5,000 Homes Go Ahead

By Seamus Whelehan

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The N25 between Carrigtwohill and Midleton will be gridlocked unless new infrastructure is put in place warns Cobh Municipality Chairman, Fine Gael Councillor Anthony Barry.

Under the Midleton and Waterrock Master plans the authority intend to construct 5,000 homes, 6 schools ( 4 Primary and 2 Secondary) a shopping centre, a number of parks and a second railway station for the Midleton area.

The Carrigtwohill based Councillor told the February sitting of Cork County Council’s Southern Committee, planning policies should be based on joined up thinking rather than piecemeal action.

He said the new housing, retail units and schools planned for the area risk jamming up what is already considered the “busiest road in the county.”

“You cannot do all this development without touching the N25 between Carrigtwohill and Midleton, probably the busiest road in the county at this stage. To put all this development in place and not upgrade the road is not good enough” he commented.

The Cobh Municipality chairman added that a decision by the authority’s policy and planning unit to defer an €8.5 million contribution attached to zoned lands at Abbeylands Midleton off the Baneshan junction with the N25 did not make sense.

The lands zoned for 400 houses now has a requirement of €150,000 contribution levy by the building contractor.

Midleton based Councillor Noel Collins who backed his “blue shirt Colleague” questioned the hold up on the N25 upgrade.

“When can we expect the stoppage factor to awaken from its slumber?” he asked the county’s director of roads Tom Stritch.

Mr Stritch told the sitting the decision to stall development of the N25 between Carrigtwohill and Midleton was a political one.

“It’s a national policy decision, Cork County Council don’t have any input.”

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