Ministers Donohoe & Howlin turn sod on M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP project
16th October 2015
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, together with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, this afternoon (Friday) turned the sod on the new M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP scheme.
The €350 million project will support up to 2,500 jobs locally and across the country and will see construction activity commence in January 2016. The PPP involves the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of 32.1km of the M11 motorway, with sections of dual carriageway and the N80 Link Road routes, together with the design, construction and financing of the 8.0km single carriageway on the N30 route. The improvement of the N11/M11 is a key specific objective of Ireland’s infrastructure investment programme and today’s announcement follows BAM’s recent completion of the €250 million Arklow to Rathnew section of the M11 motorway, also on a PPP basis.
The M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Scheme will provide a high quality safe link within the South East region and ease congestion by bypassing Ferns, Camolin and Enniscorthy. The main structural feature of the scheme will be a crossing of the River Slaney combined with an adjacent crossing of the Dublin-Rosslare railway line.
The project will be undertaken by a BAM Civil and Dragados joint venture. The new road will be operational in August 2019, followed by a 25 year concession period for the consortium.
Commenting, Theo Cullinane, BAM Ireland Chief Executive said, “We are pleased to be involved in this significant piece of motorway infrastructure and look forward to commencing construction. Following the recent opening of the Arklow to Rathnew portion of the M11, this new motorway will further enhance transport links to the South East. PPP is a highly effective model for investing and developing Ireland’s infrastructure, which plays a critical role in our economic recovery”.
BAM has a long track record in delivering building and civil engineering projects under the PPP model, including the Newlands Cross Junction and M11 Arklow to Rathnew, the M1 Dundalk Western Bypass, the M7 / M8 Portlaoise Bypass and the N25 Waterford Bypass PPP Motorway schemes. Last year BAM completed eight schools under Schools Bundle 3 PPP and recently commenced works on the design, build, finance and maintenance of four schools under the Schools Bundle 4 PPP.
BAM is also working as preferred bidder with the NTMA for the development of four new courthouses and the refurbishment and extension of three existing court buildings.