M22 Macroom-Ballincollig-Northern Ring-M8
||Could open : 2030||Status : Unlikely|
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:
Since most of these projects are not planned or suspended, the likelihood of an M22 along this routing is therefore slim.
|Origin||Southeast of Macroom|
|Terminates||M22/M8 Junction, northeast of Cork City|
|Places Served||Ballincollig, west Cork, north Cork|
|Intersects||M8, M20, N25|
"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.
"Would make integration of major roads in Cork much more accessible and divert loads of traffic outside the city."
"Hurry up with this road."
"Hurry the f**k on."
"It's getting to be real priority now, as Cork can't handle the traffic anymore."
"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."
"Prob not in my lifetime".
"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."