National Primary Route 28

Will open : 2024

Status : Approved for construction

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Motorway : 0 km (10.5 km by 2024)
Single Carriageway : 12.5 km (1.5 km by 2024)

Winding its way through southeast Cork city, the N28 is a modest rural road trying to play it big. It connects the Cork Southern Ring Road, N40, to the port of Ringaskiddy, a terminus that plays a major part in Ireland's pharmaceutical industry. Over the years, the road has come under increasing pressure from lorry traffic generated by the port, as well as suburban development along both sides.

In the coming years, this freight traffic will increase dramatically, as in May 2015 permission was granted by An Bord Pleanala to allow the port of Cork at Tivoli docks to move to an expanded Ringaskiddy. The new location is further out in the estuary and so is more easily accessible by large container ships. The first phase of this move will be completed by 2018.

In the summer of 2014, it was announced on this site that the N28 had been recently designated by the EU a Trans-European Network route, which would require it to be upgraded and make it eligible for funding for improvements. It was not confirmed at the time whether it would be improved to motorway standard - but at the end of 2015, this was confirmed, with the official launch of a new scheme. There would be a short section of new single carriageway convering the last mile to the port, where a Motorway Services Area would be provided. A map illustrating all this is below.

Construction of this motorway is scheduled for 2021 and should be completed by 2024.

Update 12/07/2019: A planning decision from An Bord Pleanala is due in Q3 of this year.

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Traffic Counts for this road
2014: 23378 vehicles per day, of which 2.7% are HGVs (freight)
2013: 23024, 3% HGVs


Origin N40 south of Cork City
Terminates Ringsaskiddy port, Cork
Places Served Cork, Mount Oval, Maryborough, Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy
Routes Spawned None
Intersects N40


Section km Opening Date Standard
M28 Cork to Ringaskiddy 10.5 2024 M
M28 Cork to Ringaskiddy 1.5 2024 SC
Ringaskiddy Motorway Services Area MSA

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