The Route Selection Reports for the N24 Pallasgreen to Bansha and the N24 Bansha to Cahir Road Improvement Schemes were approved in 2003 and the Part 8 Planning Process for a wide single carriageway for the Pallasgreen to Bansha Section was completed in December 2004.
The above Scheme now incorporates the previous Pallasgreen to Bansha, and Cahir to Bansha schemes into a single project. As part of a strategic review of the N24 corridor, following an NRA decision to ensure the route can be constructed to dual carriageway standard, a new route option has been identified for the Cahir to Bansha section of the route.
This new route option amends the previous published preferred route at the eastern end of the scheme on approach to the new M8 Cloghabreedy motorway junction and provides full connectivity to this junction. This section of the scheme crosses the River Suir, a designated European conservation site. Further studies were undertaken on the proposed river crossing location to ensure any potential impacts on the conservation site are minimised.
Consultants Roughan O'Donovan were appointed in August 2010 to undertake an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the scheme. The EIS process assessed the potential environmental impacts of the scheme and encompass field surveys, desktop studies and research, consultations with statutory and other bodies and consultations with landowners. The EIS was undertaken in accordance with European and Irish legislation and was substantially completed in Dec 2011. The preliminary design of the scheme was further developed in tandem with the EIS and it shall be used at a future date to determine land take requirements for the preparation of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the Scheme.
Due to national financial restrictions, N24 projects are currently in suspension. Therefore, it is not currently possible to predict the date at which approval will be granted by TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland, formerly the NRA) to publish the EIS and CPO. When such approval is granted an Oral Hearing would be convened by An Bord Pleanála. Further progress of the scheme is dependent on confirmation of the CPO and approval of the Road Scheme by An Bord Pleanála and on funding for the construction phase.