M7 upgrade expected in Government's bumper €27bn funding plan today

Naas Ball
A badly-needed upgrade of the traffic-clogged M7 bottleneck around Naas and Newbridge is expected to be given the green light today. The Government is today unveiling a major six-year infrastructure funding plan costing €27bn which will span sectors like transport, education and health. KildareNow revealed earlier this month that the Government is considering a multi-million euro upgrade of 15km of the M7 between the 'Naas Ball' and the M9 Interchange by adding an extra lane in both directions. The project is estimated to cost in the region of €110m but there will be significant disruptions to daily traffic during its duration. The 'bottleneck' route is regularly congested in both directions due to growing volumes of traffic at peak times - average vehicle numbers have jumped by 3,000 in the past year alone. The overall six-year funding blueprint will be announced today by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin along with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton.

The capital programme will provide for major infrastructure projects, primarily a new rapid transit system from Dublin city centre to Dublin Airport and Swords.

It will also include funds to allow the quick completion of the National Children’s Hospital and a substantial increase in expenditure for school buildings. The Government has estimated 45,000 jobs will be directly created during the construction phase.

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