||Could open : 2025||Status : Committed|
A high-quality road between Dublin and Derry is a long term goal for the island as a whole. Interest in building such a facility was floated in 2006. The Irish government offered to pay Northern Ireland 60% of the cost of their section, or around £340M, on the grounds that our section was useless without theirs. More progress is being made on the N.I. half of the works. A preferred route was announced in 2009. As of 2010, work was due to begin in 2012, though the economic crisis has put the brakes on since the Republic's contribution, now up to £400M, is unaffordable. The standard defined in NI is expressway, which in this context means a dual carriageway with no median breaks, grade separated major junctions and left-in left-out minor junctions - just one step below a motorway. As of 2013, the road became mired in legal difficulties, but a start date still seems imminent.
The section through the Republic is unlikely to be a full motorway since it would not match the Northern section. The construction of the southern half has no completion date and will probably not be finished until the latter half of the 2020s. It is not yet defined where the connection point to the M1 will be: at Dundalk or Drogheda. It is possible to argue in favour of both:
In favour of a Dundalk connection:
In favour of a Drogheda connection:
There is an unresolved issue with the numbering of routes. There are three possibilities:
Full information and the latest updates on the Northern Ireland part of this project are available here.
Note: In March 2013, this page was updated. It used to be called "N2 M1-Castleblayney-Border". The proposed route used to be a dual carriageway from Dundalk to Castleblayney to the Northern Ireland border. Now it starts at Drogheda.
Update 2019: As part of the recently announced Capital Investment Plan, the N2 will indeed be dualled from Ardee to the Northern Ireland border. It's slightly less ambitious than the proposal here, as the Carrickmacross and Castleblayney bypasses, and the N33, won't be changed in order to save on costs.
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|Origin||M1/N33 Junction, west of Drogheda|
|Terminates||A5, Northern Ireland Border, north of Monaghan|
|Places Served||Ardee, Carrickmacross, Monaghan, (Derry)|