The Enniscorthy Bypass (officially know as the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP Scheme) is the name of an upcoming roadworks project that will allow motorists to bypass the town of Enniscorthy. It is hoped that the new bypass will ease traffic congestion in the town and reduce the amount of time that it takes to travel from Wexford to Dublin.
The bypass consists of two distinct parts:
- A 27KM motorway that will run to the east of Enniscorthy. This motorway will connect the N11 road between Wexford Town and Enniscorthy with the M11 motorway.
- A 8KM single carriageway that will run towards the west, connecting the new motorway with the N30 road between New Ross and Enniscorthy.
The interactive map below shows a rough guide of the route that the new bypass will take:
The black line to the east of Enniscorthy represents the new 27KM motorway. This part of the bypass will start roughly 2KM north of Oylegate; at a new roundabout called Scurlocksbush Roundabout. This roundabout will connect the N11 road that runs between Wexford Town and Enniscorthy with the section of the M11 that bypasses Clough. This new motorway will allow motorists to bypass the towns Enniscorthy, Ferns and Camolin. As a result, the time it takes to travel to Dublin could be reduced by 15-30 minutes (the difference will be more noticeable if you’re used to being held up by traffic delays in Enniscorthy).
The carriageway will connect the new motorway with the Clavas junction and the N30 road the connects New Ross and Enniscorthy. This carriageway will allow motorists travelling from New Ross and Waterford to bypass Enniscorthy.
Photographed above: Traffic congestion affecting the centre of Enniscorthy on a busy Friday evening.
Facts about the Enniscorthy Bypass:
- It will cost €400 million to construct.
- The bypass will be built by a consortium called BAM-Iridium-PGGM.
- The contract for new bypass was signed on the 14th of October, 2015.
- It is expected to be completed by 2018 / early 2019.
- It was tendered separately from the New Ross Bypass.
- Traffic will not be tolled.
- Between 250-300 people are expected to be employed by the scheme.