M25 Waterford Bypass

Could open : 2020 Status : Likely
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Redesignation to Motorway : 16.4 km

The N25 Waterford Bypass was opened in October 2009. Inexplicably, it was not designated motorway, though it was built to the right spec. It is even a toll road, which makes it unusual as there are few precedents in Ireland for tolling a non-motorway road. An upgrade to motorway would protect the scheme from inappropriate development alongside and be a more appropriate treatment of the infrastructure. No physical changes would be required.

Wikipedia page on this road


Origin West of Waterford
Terminates East of Waterford
Places Served Waterford city
Routes Spawned -
Intersects M9


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

Irish And Proud from Ireland rates this scheme 10/10 and its alignment 7/10; and reckons the standard is about right. He or she has the following comment to make:
"I could never understand why this road was not designated a motorway. In fact, AFAIK, it was to be designated as same while construction was underway."

Nunny from Ireland rates this scheme and its alignment 8/10; and reckons the standard is about right.

Definitely not a fan from Ireland - rating this 1/10 on both counts and saying that it should be lower spec. They hammer home the point with:
"I do not like the Waterford Bypass. I think citys should not be bypassed apart from Dublin."

Great variety of opinion here. Middle Man from Ireland thinks this idea is fantastic, gave it 10/10 and has this to say:
"When I learned this wasn't being designated as a motorway, I was disgusted - it's a motorway except they don't call it one."

TXMick from Ireland rates this 10/10 on both counts and thinks the standard proposed here is about right:
"I'd like the Sir Humphreys in the permanent government to explain why a simple change of classification hasn't happened yet. No doubt there is some civil service excuse mixed with the usual antipathy for the area."

Ban-One rates this 10 and the alignment 9:
"Fully agree, the bypass is probably the best built road in the South East at the moment, till the New Ross bypass opens. What would help is a dual corridor section of the Kilmeaden side as well as the Slieverue side."

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