A preferred route has been chosen for the new Cork to Limerick motorway 2 years ago

A preferred route has been chosen for the new Cork to Limerick motorway

Yes, you guessed it, the route will go between Cork and Limerick.

The route for the Cork to Limerick motorway will be developed within the broad N20 corridor via Charleville and Mallow, it has been revealed.


At a briefing in Charleville on Wednesday, representatives from the region were informed of the decision and updated on progress on the Cork to Limerick scheme.

The M20 Cork to Limerick Motorway Scheme had previously progressed through planning and design phases and the scheme was submitted to An Bord Pleanála in 2010 for statutory planning approval before being shelved in 2011 due to the economic downturn.

The N/M20 project team has now almost a year of work completed based on the Public Spending Code requirements, which requires consideration of all potential options, including bus and rail public transport alternatives.


The route was chosen to provide the highest journey times savings and also for its potential to prevent the greatest number of road collisions and deaths.

The motorway will cut journey times between the two cities to just over one hour.

It will also provide the highest level of traffic relief from towns and villages and will have the greatest transfer of traffic from the existing road network

Public consultation will take place in the latter part of this year, with the preferred option within the broad N20 corridor identified soon after.