National Primary Route 2
Opened : 2006
Status : Complete
The N2 was a straight road winging its way out of Dublin in a north-northwesterly direction, striking out for Derry. Beyond about Slane, is reverts to a winding country road. Near Dublin, it passes the large satellite town of Ashbourne.
In May 2006, a 17km high quality dual carriageway replacement for this latter section opened. In August 2009, 13km of this was reclassified M2, creating a new motorway.
The rest of the road is single carriageway. There is a long-term plan to upgrade from Ardee to the border to dual carriageway or motorway in order to tie in with another proposed dual carriageway, the A5, in Northern Ireland, which together would create a new route between Dublin and Derry.
Update 12/07/2019: The Slane Bypass is at Route Selection with announcement of the preferred route overdue now. Ashbourne-Kilmoon Cross, Clontibret-NI Border and Ardee-Castleblayney are still all at feasibility study.
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|Origin||Upper Dorset St, Dublin|
|Terminates||A5, Northern Ireland Border, north of Monaghan|
|Places Served||Finglas, Ashbourne, Slane, Ardee, Carrickmacross, Castleblayney, Monaghan|
|Intersects||M45 (Proposed Leinster Outer Orbital Road), M50, N51|
(but no longer part of route)
|Ashbourne BP - M50 (S Section)||4||2006-05-24||HQDC|
|Ashbourne BP - M50 (N Section)||13||2006-05-24||M (from 2009-08-28)|
|Monaghan Town BP||3||2006-09||SC|