THE reopening of inbound access from the M20 Limerick Southern Ring Road to the Carew Park Link Road would open up a vast area on the southside of Limerick City for social and private housing developments.
That’s according to the Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) whose chief executive Niall O’Callaghan has written to all seven Limerick TDs asking them to raise the issue with government colleagues and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
Mr O’Callaghan’s move follows the announcement of the preferred transport solution for the N/M20 Limerick-Cork Motorway project which he believes would provide the impetus for reopening access to the Carew Park Link Road.
“LEDP has made known its long-standing concerns over the years regarding the lack of inbound access, and consistently made representations at every opportunity to propose solutions including a submission to the Draft Limerick Development Plan 2022-2028 outlining the importance of reopening inbound access from the M20 Limerick Southern Ring Road,” he explained.
According to LEDP, reconfiguring the Carew Park interchange in conjunction with the proposed M20 completion, would open up a vast area of land for housing development on the southside of Limerick City; ensure an integrated approach to the future development of the national roads network and give value for money by integrating the work with the N/M20 project.
“It would also reinvigorate Ballinacurra Weston and Southill as communities well located adjacent to Limerick city centre, with potentially high levels of accessibility,” Mr O’Callaghan said
“The Southill area, which is located near open countryside, offers possibilities to create a new urban edge, and visual and physical connections into this hinterland. Its strategic location and road infrastructure represents a significant gateway location for the city,” he added.