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Rossbrien Interchange (Original Proposals)
The original proposals for the Rossbrien Interchange where the Dublin (N7), the Cork (N20), the Galway (N18) under construction and the link road towards the city centre meet have me bewildered, as seen in the image below. The shape of the junction would leave one to believe that certain traffic movements are not possible.
1. Travelling from Galway (N18) in direction of Rossbrien Interchange.
- Left turn off towards City centre (Link Road) is possible
- Straight on towards Dublin (N7) is possible
- Turn towards Cork (N20) is not possible
2. Travelling from City centre (Link Road) in direction of Rossbrien Interchange.
- Left turn off towards Dublin (N7) is possible
- Straight on towards Cork (N20) is possible
- Turn towards Galway (N18) per Loop is possible
3. Travelling from Dublin (N7) in direction of Rossbrien Interchange.
- Left turn off towards Cork (N20) is possible
- Straight on towards Galway (N18) is possible
- Turn towards City centre (Link Road) is not possible
4. Travelling from Cork (N20) in direction of Rossbrien Interchange.
- Left turn off towards Galway (N18) is possible
- Straight on towards City centre (Link Road) is possible
- Turn towards Dublin (N7) per Loop is possible
Mid West National Road Design Office
Tolling Documentation: February 2004
Newsletter Autumn 2006
Newsletter Spring 2007
Rossbrien Interchange (New Proposals)
Fears that traffic changes could isolate three estates (Limerick Post) 15.03.07
CONCERN that proposed changes to traffic flows on the Southern Ring Road, due to come into effect when the tunnel project is completed, will leave the communities of Southill, Rathbane and Roxboro cut off from the main road from main arteries, was conveyed to City Hall officials by Cllr Diarmuid Scully, this week.
The councillor said that if a plan to prohibit motorists’ access to the Childers Road from the Southern Ring Road at the former Krups exit goes ahead, it will mean that instead of Carew Park motorists being able to turn off at the exit 400 metres from their housing estate, they will instead have to do so at either the Dock Road or the Dublin Road and drive across the city to get home.
Making his points to the Transportation Committee, Cllr Scully said:
“This would have a severe negative impact on businesses in the area including the new Quality Hotel, one of whose principle selling points is the ease of access to the hotel from the Ring Road., but that access would be gone under these proposals.
“The LEDP, the Roxboro Shopping Centre and the Galvone Industrial Estate, will be similarly affected,” he said.
Stressing that the social impact of cutting off the Southill area from the Ring Road is a worrying concept, the councillor told director of services, Pat Dromey, that all of the regeneration plans for Southill had been predicated on attracting investment into the area by taking advantage of its excellent geographic location on the main access routes to Dublin, Cork and Galway.
“In cutting that access, we will be condemning Southill and nearby estates to decades of isolation and continued economic and social exclusion – we must see that the engineers take account of the communities living in the areas through which their roads pass”.
Conceding that while there may be sound engineering reasons for ending the access from the Southern Ring Road to the Childers Road, he said that the social arguments against this course of action far outweighs them.
In response, Mr Dromey said that City Council would not be adverse to re-examining the overall plans and said that a special meeting to further discuss the issue will be held.
New proposals where the link road to the city centre is to be omitted from the Rossbrien Interchange. Which in effect would turn it into a T-Shaped Junction. Traffic from Cork wishing to access the city centre will then have to travel first in the direction of Galway (Dock Road Interchange) or in the direction of Dublin (Ballysimon Interchange). I would imagine that the Quality Hotel will be taking legal action for being left cut off from it’s potential passing trade! After the Ballysimon Interchange mess I fear a potentially bigger mess is being made here.
Image from dave 123