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Should the M28 Cork-Ringaskiddy motorway be built? [project approved]

  • 28-04-2017 12:56am
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    Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 14,285 Mod ✭✭✭✭marno21


    In the original M28 thread, for discussion of the scheme's progression, there was a number of posts last Autumn about alternative routing of the motorway and how it would affect Douglas and Ringaskiddy. These posts then filled the thread and it became impossible to discuss the scheme's progression coherently, so I started a new thread, which had to be closed for several reasons.

    I am aware that because the original thread was closed, there is currently nowhere to discuss the M28 alternatives and merits, so this thread is being created, in the interest of balance. However, this thread will continue under certain conditions:

    1. Posters on this thread are expected to be civil and not engage in any abusive behaviour towards other users, mods or any member of the public/organisations involved with the M28.

    2. Any claims made need to be backed up and claims of correspondance etc from various organisations posted without proof will be deleted. I have no problem with an anti-M28 member saying something but posts can't be left up if they could potentially cause trouble for the site.

    3. Any discussion/updates of the actual M28 scheme in progress are to be posted on the M28 thread. This thread is only for discussion of alternative routes and whether the scheme will go ahead at all. If there is a scheme update it belongs in the other thread.

    I will happily allow this discussion to take place but if the thread goes out of control like the last one, this thread will also be locked. I am trying to suit both sides as much as possible here but posters also need to play ball.

    marno21


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,142 ✭✭✭Middle Man


    Looking at the traffic volumes and the end destination amid EU requirements for strategic access, I think the case is closed. However, public transport solutions must also be pursued. The proposed M28 will have a capacity of around 44k so as a short term solution, it's right to build this road. Medium term solutions must be rail/BRT based (perhaps light rail or BRT to Carrigaline via Douglas for example) and if such prove successful in creating a modal shift, the M28 given its capacity can be recycled as a long term solution.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭Isambard


    Whilst I agree the route needs improvement, does it need to be a motorway?


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 14,285 Mod ✭✭✭✭marno21


    Isambard wrote: »
    Whilst I agree the route needs improvement, does it need to be a motorway?

    29000 vehicles at Carrs Hill says yes.

    Also, being built with TEN-T European funding, it has to be motorway to quality for said funding


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭Isambard


    marno21 wrote: »
    29000 vehicles at Carrs Hill says yes.

    Also, being built with TEN-T European funding, it has to be motorway to quality for said funding

    that doesn't make a case for a Motorway to Ringaskiddy though. Carrs Hill is pretty close to the city and carrying all the local traffic. What's the volume beyond Carrigaline? I doubt this justifies a motorway.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 14,285 Mod ✭✭✭✭marno21


    Isambard wrote: »
    that doesn't make a case for a Motorway to Ringaskiddy though. Carrs Hill is pretty close to the city and carrying all the local traffic. What's the volume beyond Carrigaline? I doubt this justifies a motorway.
    There is only one counter on the N28 and thats at Carrs Hill so I can't provide you with that information.

    However, we can't make a case for not building the M28 as motorway based on now. GE Healthcare are bringing 500 new jobs to Ringaskiddy and don't forget, the port is relocating to Ringaskiddy so there will be a lot of extra HGV traffic on the way. Plus there are plenty of rat runs to avoid Shannonpark currently taking traffic off the N28 that will hopefully be left alone after the motorway opens.

    Also, point 2 about the EU funding requiring motorway is inescapable. It has to be motorway or nothing to qualify.

    Finally, Shannonpark to Ringaskiddy is about 5km. It's not a massive ask, only 5km.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭Isambard


    I'd say it may be nothing then.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 14,285 Mod ✭✭✭✭marno21


    Isambard wrote: »
    I'd say it may be nothing then.
    As it stands the M28 scheme is being sent to ABP for planning permission in the next month or two.

    We'll see if it gets through.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭Isambard


    so why start this thread then? sounds like you think it's a fait accompli


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 14,285 Mod ✭✭✭✭marno21


    Isambard wrote: »
    so why start this thread then? sounds like you think it's a fait accompli
    Because it has been requested that there a place for both sides of the M28 or not argument to be discussed.

    I'm in favour of the motorway, massively so, but this is a place for those who disagree to air their views.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,517 ✭✭✭AugustusMinimus


    Not building a motorway for part of this scheme would be ludicrous beyond belief. The traffic to Ringaskiddy gets worse every year with more and more industry moving there.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭Isambard


    but there are greater priorities and politically it would be hard to make the case for a isolated short motorway.

    If non motorway is acceptable for the South Ring, then why motorway for the N28?


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 11,661 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cookiemunster


    Isambard wrote: »
    but there are greater priorities and politically it would be hard to make the case for a isolated short motorway.

    If non motorway is acceptable for the South Ring, then why motorway for the N28?

    This is going to ABP. It's gone past politics. And it's a Ten-T project so it's being EU finded and therefore needs to be a motorway. And a motorway is physically no different to a HQDC. What part of this are you failing to understand?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭Isambard


    the need for a thread maybe?


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 14,285 Mod ✭✭✭✭marno21


    Isambard wrote: »
    but there are greater priorities

    What greater priorities?
    Isambard wrote: »
    politically it would be hard to make the case for a isolated short motorway.

    Isolated short motorway? Motorway between a major port (classified by the EU as a Tier 1 port), several major industrial complexes employing thousands of people and a major town with a population of 15,000. Hardly isolated. Short? Doesn't really matter.
    Isambard wrote: »
    If non motorway is acceptable for the South Ring, then why motorway for the N28?

    Motorway requirement applies to new builds only. When the last section of the South Ring opened in 1999 these rules didn't apply. The relevant section of the South Ring (from Bloomfield to the M8) is to motorway standards and could be redesignated (after the Dunkettle Interchange opens).
    Isambard wrote: »
    the need for a thread maybe?

    I was asked to open a thread. There is now a place to discuss the topic for those who want to.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,984 ✭✭✭mikeym


    The steering group have a meeting on the 10th of May to discuss the motorway.

    How does it exactly affect Douglas?

    I can understand those who live next to the Bloomfield Interchange and Mount Oval but this has nothing to do with Douglas.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 14,285 Mod ✭✭✭✭marno21


    mikeym wrote: »
    The steering group have a meeting on the 10th of May to discuss the motorway.

    How does it exactly affect Douglas?

    I can understand those who live next to the Bloomfield Interchange and Mount Oval but this has nothing to do with Douglas.
    Scaremongering, plain and simple.

    "Traffic gridlock". The whole point of the M28 (which it will do quite effectively) is to relieve congestion.

    Air pollution from idling cars removed because they're not at a standstill on the Sli Carrigdhoun anymore.

    But then again there's no talking to some people.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,517 ✭✭✭AugustusMinimus


    The new Carr's Hill interchange is part of a greater plan to drastically improve access between the N40/M28 and Douglas, Rochestown, Grange and Donnybrook.

    It will take huge volumes of traffic out of Douglas West for instance as Grange and Donnybrook will have direct access to the M28. Those posters are nothing but scaremongering.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭Isambard


    marno21 wrote: »
    What greater priorities?



    Isolated short motorway? Motorway between a major port (classified by the EU as a Tier 1 port), several major industrial complexes employing thousands of people and a major town with a population of 15,000. Hardly isolated. Short? Doesn't really matter.



    Motorway requirement applies to new builds only. When the last section of the South Ring opened in 1999 these rules didn't apply. The relevant section of the South Ring (from Bloomfield to the M8) is to motorway standards and could be redesignated (after the Dunkettle Interchange opens).



    I was asked to open a thread. There is now a place to discuss the topic for those who want to.

    but you don't want to discuss it, you want to shout down any opposition to push your favourite scheme.

    Greater priorities there are in abundance. The North Ring for one.

    I wouldn't want a motorway through my leafy suburb, but that's scare-mongering of course.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 11,661 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cookiemunster


    Isambard wrote: »
    but you don't want to discuss it, you want to shout down any opposition to push your favourite scheme.

    Greater priorities there are in abundance. The North Ring for one.

    I wouldn't want a motorway through my leafy suburb, but that's scare-mongering of course.

    The EU won't pay for the NRR. They will pay for the M28. This is not taking funds from other projects. It's not that difficult to understand.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,517 ✭✭✭AugustusMinimus


    Isambard wrote: »
    but you don't want to discuss it, you want to shout down any opposition to push your favourite scheme.

    Greater priorities there are in abundance. The North Ring for one.

    I wouldn't want a motorway through my leafy suburb, but that's scare-mongering of course.

    The EU won't pay for the NRR. They will pay for the M28. This is not taking funds from other projects. It's not that difficult to understand.

    I'm lost by this line of argument.


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  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 14,285 Mod ✭✭✭✭marno21


    Isambard wrote: »
    but you don't want to discuss it, you want to shout down any opposition to push your favourite scheme.

    I am trying to discuss it but I can't see any valid arguments against it.
    Isambard wrote: »
    Greater priorities there are in abundance. The North Ring for one.

    The North Ring is at least 10 years away from construction would it be reactivated today so the M28 would likely be finished when the North Ring is ready to go.
    Isambard wrote: »
    I wouldn't want a motorway through my leafy suburb, but that's scare-mongering of course.

    I would if it meant relief from congestion on overcrowded roads and improved access to the network.

    The main issue I have is the fact that the M28 Steering Group are making a lot of wild statements without proof, in many cases untrue statements.

    Disaster for Douglas, Rochestown and Maryborough Hill? How? This will relieve traffic in Douglas, and provide improved access and traffic relief for the latter two.

    Traffic gridlock a certainty? Again, how does a motorway/capacity upgrade cause gridlock? It RELIEVES gridlock on the N28 at Carrs Hill and Shannonpark

    Noise and pollution confirmed? By who?


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 14,285 Mod ✭✭✭✭marno21


    The M28 Steering Group now has a video on it describing the damage the proposed road will do to the Douglas area: https://www.facebook.com/175111606272101/videos/287279715055289/

    What they don't seem to realise is that an alternative route via the Airport won't be used and all the traffic will continue to use the existing N28, without the enhancements to the road network in Maryborough and Rochestown, along with the benefits for Carrigaline, Shanbally and Ringaskiddy.

    I won't be debating further on this because I have already made all the points necessary several times. I'll let this in the capable hands of TII & the other organisations.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭Isambard


    This is going to ABP. It's gone past politics. And it's a Ten-T project so it's being EU finded and therefore needs to be a motorway. And a motorway is physically no different to a HQDC. What part of this are you failing to understand?

    There is a quite large difference and that is with a Motorway you have to provide an alternative route, for non-motorway traffic, so obviously the cost is quite a lot higher. I guess that's the bit I'm failing to understand?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭Isambard


    marno21 wrote: »
    I am trying to discuss it but I can't see any valid arguments against it.



    The North Ring is at least 10 years away from construction would it be reactivated today so the M28 would likely be finished when the North Ring is ready to go.



    I would if it meant relief from congestion on overcrowded roads and improved access to the network.

    The main issue I have is the fact that the M28 Steering Group are making a lot of wild statements without proof, in many cases untrue statements.

    Disaster for Douglas, Rochestown and Maryborough Hill? How? This will relieve traffic in Douglas, and provide improved access and traffic relief for the latter two.

    Traffic gridlock a certainty? Again, how does a motorway/capacity upgrade cause gridlock? It RELIEVES gridlock on the N28 at Carrs Hill and Shannonpark

    Noise and pollution confirmed? By who?

    On another thread not a million miles away, it has been consistently claimed that a new motorway will add to congestion. It can't be "fact" on one motorway into Cork and not on another.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,015 ✭✭✭Kevwoody


    Isambard wrote: »
    On another thread not a million miles away, it has been consistently claimed that a new motorway will add to congestion. It can't be "fact" on one motorway into Cork and not on another.


    What other motorway are you talking about?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,517 ✭✭✭AugustusMinimus


    Isambard wrote: »
    marno21 wrote: »
    I am trying to discuss it but I can't see any valid arguments against it.



    The North Ring is at least 10 years away from construction would it be reactivated today so the M28 would likely be finished when the North Ring is ready to go.



    I would if it meant relief from congestion on overcrowded roads and improved access to the network.

    The main issue I have is the fact that the M28 Steering Group are making a lot of wild statements without proof, in many cases untrue statements.

    Disaster for Douglas, Rochestown and Maryborough Hill? How? This will relieve traffic in Douglas, and provide improved access and traffic relief for the latter two.

    Traffic gridlock a certainty? Again, how does a motorway/capacity upgrade cause gridlock? It RELIEVES gridlock on the N28 at Carrs Hill and Shannonpark

    Noise and pollution confirmed? By who?

    On another thread not a million miles away, it has been consistently claimed that a new motorway will add to congestion. It can't be "fact" on one motorway into Cork and not on another.

    Which one?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,517 ✭✭✭AugustusMinimus


    Isambard wrote: »
    This is going to ABP. It's gone past politics. And it's a Ten-T project so it's being EU finded and therefore needs to be a motorway. And a motorway is physically no different to a HQDC. What part of this are you failing to understand?

    There is a quite large difference and that is with a Motorway you have to provide an alternative route, for non-motorway traffic, so obviously the cost is quite a lot higher. I guess that's the bit I'm failing to understand?

    There will be an alternative route in the old road. Motorway is not starting until Carr's Hill Interchange.

    How will the cost be higher. If this scheme was HQDC the same route would be chosen and it would cost the same.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 14,285 Mod ✭✭✭✭marno21




  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭Isambard


    There will be an alternative route in the old road. Motorway is not starting until Carr's Hill Interchange.

    How will the cost be higher. If this scheme was HQDC the same route would be chosen and it would cost the same.

    I don't think that's a given is it? The difference between a HQDC and Motorway is the linking roads needed to the alternative route if a Motorway is chosen.

    Looking at the plans for the M20 north of Rathduff, a parallel alternative route was to be built alongside it, which would be completely unnecessary if the new road was HQDC rather than Motorway. This was also the case at Watergrasshill and is no doubt not a rarity.

    With a HQDC there is always the possibility of taking out of use certain sections of the original route by diverting traffic on to a section of the new, you can't do that with a Motorway.

    In short I don't think the cost would necessarily be the same.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,517 ✭✭✭AugustusMinimus


    Isambard wrote: »
    There will be an alternative route in the old road. Motorway is not starting until Carr's Hill Interchange.

    How will the cost be higher. If this scheme was HQDC the same route would be chosen and it would cost the same.

    I don't think that's a given is it? The difference between a HQDC and Motorway is the linking roads needed to the alternative route if a Motorway is chosen.

    In addition, this would necessitate the Old Carrigsline Road finishing as a junction to the N28. Do you think this would be fair on both pedestrians and cyclists?

    Looking at the plans for the M20 north of Rathduff, a parallel alternative route was to be built alongside it, which would be completely unnecessary if the new road was HQDC rather than Motorway. This was also the case at Watergrasshill and is no doubt not a rarity.

    With a HQDC there is always the possibility of taking out of use certain sections of the original route by diverting traffic on to a section of the new, you can't do that with a Motorway.

    In short I don't think the cost would necessarily be the same.

    Are you saying this scheme should involve an online build? Impossible with HQDC unless you get rid of all the houses on the existing road and block access from numerous local roads. Wouldn't make any sense.

    Same question on both the proposed M20 and M8. The online build section of the M20 is a new section built in the early 90s that doesn't have any of these issues.


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