€110m invested in Ferrybank’s North Quays to ‘transform’ south Kilkenny
The €110 million government investment in the landmark North Quays development in Ferrybank will have a “transformative” impact on south Kilkenny and the South East, a local TD has said.
Kilkenny TD and Ferrybank resident John Paul Phelan said the investment can “unlock the potential” of the entire region.
Deputy Phelan said: “This will totally transform the heavily populated area, ease congestion and is the key to unlocking the potential of the North Quays.
“These investments are as transformative for my local community in Ferrybank and the surrounding hinterland as the Abbey Quarter is for Kilkenny city.
“Together, they pave the way and are the foundation stones for the long-awaited North Quays development and a further indication of the close cooperation that exists between Kilkenny County Council and Waterford County Council,” Deputy Phelan added.
The leader of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Andrew McGuinness, echoed Deputy Phelan’s sentiments. Cllr McGuinness said: “The scale of development planned for the North Quays is transformative and will unlock significant private sector investment and development. Kilkenny County Council will continue to work with our colleagues in Waterford to deliver for the South East.”
The investment will see the provision of a link road from the Abbey Road to Belmont onto the New Ross Road out of Waterford, which will ease much of the traffic bottlenecks in the area.
Projects including the Kilkenny Greenway from Waterford to New Ross, the relocation of the train station to the North Quays site, a bridge to link the North Quays to the South Quays around the Clock Tower, and upgrade works to the Port road are also included in the funding announcement.