Newry Southern Relief Road - Stage 2 Community Consultation November 2017

As part of the Stage 2 Assessment Process, DfI undertook a consultation to inform the local community of the emerging proposals for Newry Southern Relief Road (NSRR) and sought comments to help inform design development.

Stage 2 - Community Consultation

The consultation consisted of a variety of avenues including interactive community consultation events, unstaffed exhibition displays, the DfI website, as well as via email and telephone exchange. Questionnaires were made available at all venues and could also be accessed via this webpage.

The community consultation process ran from 6 November 2017 to 22 December 2017, and offered an opportunity to engage directly with representatives of DfI, as well as members of the Project Team.

The staffed Community Consultation venue, event date and time in which it took place are listed below:

  • Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, 1A Bank Parade, Newry, BT35 6HP - Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 November 2017 from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm

Unstaffed exhibition displays were also located at the following venues from 6 to 24 November 2017:

  • Newry City Library, 79 Hill Street, BT34 1DG;
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Offices, Monaghan Row, Newry, BT35 8DJ; and
  • Warrenpoint Town Hall, Church Street, BT34 3HN

A copy of the consultation report is now available at:

Community Consultation documents

Stage 2 - Scheme Assessment

A preferred route for the Newry Southern Relief Road has been announced.

Five routes were considered taking into account performance across the scheme objectives and the views of the public raised in the community consultation event.

The Newry Southern Relief Road aims to provide a strategic transport link from the A1 Belfast-Dublin key transport corridor to the A2 Warrenpoint dual carriageway. 

The Proposed Preferred Route links the A2 Warrenpoint Road to the Ellisholding Junction on the A1 and starts on the A2 Warrenpoint Road along the frontage of Greenbank Industrial Estate and crosses the Newry River and Canal just to the south Drumalane Quarry and then heads in a westerly direction towards the A1.

Newry Southern Relief Road image This is another key step in the delivery of the Newry Southern Relief Road which if constructed will be an important link road between the key strategic corridor of the A1/N1 Belfast to Dublin route with the A2 and Northern Ireland’s second largest port at Warrenpoint Harbour. The route will improve ‎journey times and journey time reliability for strategic traffic between the A2 Warrenpoint Road and the A1/N1. It will also significantly improve road safety and traffic congestion within Newry City centre by providing an alternative route for strategic traffic.

The next stage of the project will be to develop the design of the road and prepare the draft Statutory Orders along with an Environmental Impact Assessment, for public consultation, and if necessary, public inquiry.

A series of local exhibitions and information events will be held over the coming week and months that will keep the public and stakeholders up to date on scheme developments.

Details of these events will be published in due course.

Continued development of the proposal remains subject to approval of the business case, clearing the statutory procedures, and funding being made available. These processes would normally take several years to complete.

Stage 2 Scheme Assessment Report

The report is now available below:

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