This new section of motorway provides improved access to and from the city of Waterford via the Suir Bridge and marks the completion of the M9 major inter-urban route connecting Dublin and Waterford. It also impacts on the greater southern and eastern regions. Figures confirmed by the National Roads Authority reveal that significant journey time savings from East Cork, South Tipperary and Waterford to Kilkenny, Carlow and Dublin can be achieved.
A journey from East Cork or West Waterford to Dublin can be signnificantly reduced via the Suir Bridge. Twenty minutes can be saved by using the bridge as an alternative to traversing Waterford City, but now as an integral part of the M9 it combines with the M9’s time savings to Kilkenny, Carlow and Dublin.
According to Mr. Cahill, the success in opening this section marks another significant piece in the national programme of infrastructure development. The enhanced road infrastructure of which the M9 is an important component will improve road safety and shorten journey times. Further critically it will afford both the Waterford and Kilkenny regions opportunities for increased inward investment and assist in attracting foreign investment which is so vital for increased employment and development.
Additionally, the improved road network will aid tourists in accessing a full range of offerings from the Irish hospitality industry throughout the southeast.
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1. The M1 / Dundalk Western Bypass
2. The M7/M8/ Portlaoise Scheme.
3. Suir bridge operations in Waterford