The emerging Preferred Route was submitted for public consultation in 2006.
Following the public consultation exercise, which attracted a significant number of submissions, a review of the section of route crossing the townlands of Orchardstown, Ballyvaheen, Caherclogh and Kilmore were initiated. This was in order to further examine a substantial number of concerns raised about the chosen route in this area and to further assess specific alternative routes presented for the area. The review also arose from an NRA decision to ensure that the route can be constructed to dual carriageway standard.
The review has now been concluded and a Route Comparison Report has been prepared. The report concludes that a hybrid route, combining aspects of the original preferred route and one of the identified alternative routes offers the best solution and recommends that it be adopted as the preferred route for the scheme in this area. The original preferred route remains unchanged outside this localised area.
Following a further public consultation in 2010 a revised preferred Route has now been confirmed. During 2012, the selected route will be referred to the planning department of South Tipperary County Council for incorporation into the relevant development plans.
The next phase in the scheme programme is the publication of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). Due to national financial restrictions, N24 projects are currently in suspension. Therefore, it is not currently possible to predict the date at which the next phase will commence.
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