The scheme would link to the Eastern Seaboard (A1/N1 Belfast-Dublin) Key Transport Corridor (KTC), which includes road and rail links between Larne (via the Belfast Metropolitan Area) and the border at Newry, facilitating onward travel to Dublin and improving access to other regional gateways. The scheme is part of DfI’s Strategic Road Improvement (SRI) Programme and has also been identified within the Banbridge, Newry and Mourne Area Plan 2015.
Newry City has for many years suffered from traffic congestion, some of which has been relieved by upgrading sections of the Eastern Seaboard (A1/N1 Belfast-Dublin) KTC to a high standard dual carriageway.
The Department announced the Preferred Route in October 2018. Subsequent feedback since that time has informed the design development of the scheme. Feedback from the latest community consultation process which was held between 25 June and 23 August 2019 will help finalise the design used for the technical Scheme Assessment Reports, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the draft Statutory Orders. There will be further opportunities to comment of the developed scheme following publication of the EIA Report and draft Statutory Orders and at any subsequent Public Local Inquiry, if required.
The timing of the publication of EIA Report and draft orders will depend on the outcome of the Minister’s considerations. There will be further opportunities to comment on the proposed scheme following publication of these documents.
Subsequent progression of the scheme to construction remains subject to the proposal clearing the statutory procedures, having a satisfactory economic appraisal and, given other competing priorities, is dependent on funding made available in future budget settlements.
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is continuing in tandem with the scheme development and design process. Assessments and surveys are ongoing and will continue until a final design has been confirmed subject to consultation.
This requires that surveys are updated as necessary and a review of the assessment undertaken regularly to ensure that the EIA remains valid and fit for purpose. This is in accordance with the EIA Directive, as EIAs must be based on current knowledge and established methods of assessment.
The work itself broadly entails a review of readily available baseline information, walkover surveys, quantified modelling and assessment monitoring, detailed field surveys and consultation with environmental bodies and other interested/affected stakeholders. The ongoing assessment ensures the final design is based on the most up to date and current environmental conditions.
- Newry Southern Relief Road - Stage 1 Feasibility Study
- Newry Southern Relief Road - Stage 1 Preliminary Options Report
- Newry Southern Relief Road - Stage 2 Scheme Assessment Report
- Newry Southern Relief Road - Stage 2 Community Consultation Report
- Newry Southern Relief Road - Stage 3 Community Consultation Report
- Newry Southern Relief Road Section 75 Equality Of opportunity Screening Analysis Form
Guidance for Landowners
The link below provides guidance for landowners, residential property owners, agricultural property owners and business property owners who are impacted by road schemes.
As part of the Assessment Process, DfI undertook consultations to inform the local community of the emerging proposals for Newry Southern Relief Road (NSRR) and sought comments to help inform design development.
Stage 3 - Community Consultation (June to August 2019)
A Community Consultation was held on 26 and 27 June 2019 from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm at:
- Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry, 1A Bank Parade, BT35 6HP.
There was also unstaffed exhibition displays located at the following venues between 17 June to 23 August 2019:
- Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
- Newry City Library, 79 Hill Street, BT34 1 DG
- Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Offices, Monaghan Row, BT35 8DJ
- Warrenpoint Town Hall, Church Street, BT34 3HN
The exhibitions were available to facilitate viewing during the normal opening hours of each venue. Further information is available via the link below.
Previous Community Consultations
- Newry Southern Relief Road Stage 2 - Community Consultation November 2017
- Newry Southern Relief Road Stage 2 - Community Consultation Presentation November 2017
- Newry Southern Relief Road Stage 2 - Community Consultation - Information boards
Last updated June 2021