FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. What is the project?

    The project is called the ‘N3 Virginia Bypass’. A project description can be found on the Home Page of the project website; www.n3virginiabypass.ie

    Barry Transportation has been appointed as Technical Advisor by Cavan County Council to progress the scheme through the planning and design phases.

    The development of the scheme is subject to the relevant approvals and funding being provided.

  2. What is the relevance of input from members of the public?

    The Project Team will consider all submissions from members of the public, such as feedback received through the public consultation processes or identification of local issues. This will contribute to the development of the option selection process and scheme design.

  3. What is the Need for the Project?

    The project aims to deliver on the strategies and objectives of the National Planning Framework (NPF) - Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018 to 2027. The scheme will address the continuing main issues of congestion, safety and journey time along the N3 national primary road in the vicinity of Virginia, Co. Cavan. The project will improve accessibility within the county as well as regional and national accessibility to and from north-west and Border region.

  4. Now that the EPO has been identified, will planning applications be processed on the other rejected option corridors?

    The Phase 2 Option Selection Phase does not conclude until the Options Selection Report and Preliminary Business Case has been formally approved. Therefore planning applications within the proximity of other rejected option corridors will be referred to the Design Team for their assessment of the impact all shortlisted potential options. This assessment may continue to recommend a hold on planning applications until such time when a preferred option has been formalised. At that time, it is likely that planning applications in the vicinity of the preferred option will be subject to a planning hold.

  5. What will the status of bypassed sections of national roads be post completion?

    The status of bypassed sections of national road has not been determined at this time. Bypassed sections of national roads may remain as a national road or may be reclassified to regional or local roads following construction of new sections of the national route. It is likely however that the section of the N3 that will be bypassed will be declassified to a Regional Road similar to that following the construction of the M3/N3 around Kells and Navan.

  6. How likely is the scheme to be built?

    The N3 Virginia Bypass is identified as a priority scheme within a list of key projects in the National Planning Framework and National Development Plan 2018 to 2027. Advancement of the scheme is subject to ongoing funding and statutory approvals.

  7. Will the schemes involve demolition of property?

    The Emerging Preferred Option Corridor is approximately 14.5km in length. Each property is considered a constraint and in so far as possible, the scheme will seek to avoid and/or minimise impacts. However, it is likely that some residential property will be affected, and some may need to be acquired to facilitate the scheme.

  8. How will land be acquired? Will I be compensated?

    Given the scale of the project, it is likely that all lands required for the scheme will be acquired by a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). Should any part of a person’s land/ property holding be included in the CPO, the land/property owner is entitled to compensation. This may also be the case for a person who may have an interest in any land/ property identified in the CPO. Compensation will be provided in accordance with CPO legislation.

  9. Has a traffic assessment been completed?

    The traffic data collection surveys took place in September 2020. A preliminary traffic model has now been undertaken to and used in the assessment of the options to assist in establishing the Emerging Preferred Option Corridor.. A further suite of traffic surveys will be required in late 2021 or spring 2022 to inform the detailed appraisal of the preferred option when progressing through to the Phase 3 Design and Environmental Evaluation.

  10. How close is my land/property to the new road?

    The Option Corridors presented in the documentation of 3rd non-statutory public consultation is typically 300m wide with some localised widening. The corridor does not represent the actual width of the road scheme or the lands to be acquired – the corridors indicate the lands within which the N3 road scheme could be developed. The exact details of the land take, earthworks, junction and side road design and property impacts will be developed during the next Phase of the process (Phase 3 Design and Environmental Evaluation).

    In addition, to the Emerging Preferred Option Corridor shown, the Public Consultation 3 documentation shows indicative junction corridors / locations. Junction locations have been developed for the purposes of informing the Options Selection Process, are subject to development and change, and are being shown to encourage feedback from the public and stakeholders through this Public Consultation process.

  11. How will the scheme be progressed?

    The scheme will be progressed in accordance with TII’s Project Management Guidelines, in combination with TII’s Project Appraisal Guidelines, and applicable regulations and guidance. The scheme is currently at the Phase 2 Option Selection, which is a 3-stage process.

    Following completion of Stage 1 (Preliminary Options Assessment), and the identification of best performing Option Corridors, which were published in November 2020 as part of Public Consultation 2, the Project Team consider the feedback received, and undertook an assessment of these options as part of Stage 2 (Project Appraisal Matrix) of the Option Selection Process.

    Stage 2 (Project Appraisal Matrix) of the Option Selection Phase involved a detailed assessment of the options under the following criteria: Economy, Safety, Environment, Accessibility and Social Inclusion, Integration and Physical Activity.

    This 3rd non- statutory Public Consultation, communicating the preliminary findings of the Stage 2 (Project Appraisal Matrix) presents the Emerging Preferred Option Corridor.