M22 Macroom-Ballincollig-Northern Ring-M8

Could open : 2030 Status : Unlikely
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Upgrade to Motorway : 40.5 km

The N22 and N25 Southern Ring upgrades are designed to create a motorway ring around Cork city. Cork will have the M20 entering from the northwest and the M8 from the northeast. With some judicious changes on the N25 southern ring road and the future N22 northern ring road, an M22/M25 ring could be created, and possibly renumbered. The N25 as far east as Midleton would be up to scratch too, as would the N22 up to Macroom to the west. Cork would then be at the centre of nearly as many motorways as Dublin - the M8, M20, M22, and M25. Notably, all of these would actually connect with the ring road, unlike at Dublin where the joins are via lower standard DC sections. In order to achieve all this, some junction upgrades or reconfiguration would be needed for the N22 and N25 sections encircling Cork.

Since many elements of this route are currently missing, a number of schemes must take place in order to enable it:

  • - Extension of the N22 from Ballincollig to Macroom (suspended in 2010)

  • - Reconstruction of the N22/N25 junction to freeflow all movements (not planned)

  • - Cork Northern Ring Road, which will create a link from the future M20 to the M8

  • - Completion of missing segment from M20 to here - originally part of the Cork Northern Ring, later dropped due to scaling back of the project

  • - Upgrade of this section of N22 from reduced dual carriageway to HQDC

Since most of these projects are not planned or suspended, the likelihood of an M22 along this routing is therefore slim.

Wikipedia page on this road


Origin Southeast of Macroom
Terminates M22/M8 Junction, northeast of Cork City
Places Served Ballincollig, west Cork, north Cork
Routes Spawned N25
Intersects M8, M20, N25


Please take a minute to answer a very short survey on your opinion of this road proposal.

Anonymous from the USA is clearly into the idea as he rates this scheme 10/10 and its alignment 10/10; and reckons the standard is about right. They have the following comment to add:
"Needs to have a link road to the old north ring road."
The Old North Ring Road is here. One will be able to access this route from the proposed M22 using the N20, but there might be a case for building a single-carriageway road from the bend at Mayfield Business Park north to the M22.

Nick from the USA likes this idea, rating it 9/10 and the alignment 10/10:
"Would make integration of major roads in Cork much more accessible and divert loads of traffic outside the city."

Richie gives this 10/10 and wants everyone to
"Hurry up with this road."

Craig from Ireland gives this 10/10 but the alignment only 1/10. He urges the government to
"Hurry the f**k on."

Shay from the UK rates this 10/10 and the alignment 8:
"It's getting to be real priority now, as Cork can't handle the traffic anymore."

A person from Ireland really likes this (10/10 on both counts):
"Northern Ring Road is essential with the increased traffic and the planned housing projects in Ballincollig. Lorries crossing Hollyhill or taking Old Blarney Road, not acceptable. Other parts of this scheme seem secondary."

CH CORK from Ireland rates this 10/10 on both counts but thinks the standard should be higher and has this to say:
"Prob not in my lifetime".

A few ratings of 10 and associated comments:
"More entrances and exits required to businesses on the north side of Cork."
"This needs to be in motion asap!"
"Should have been done sooner."

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