About the Project
Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Donegal County Council (TII/DCC) are currently investigating options to improve the N13 from west of Bridgend to the border with Northern Ireland (Derry) where it connects to the A2 Buncrana Road. In parallel, the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) are also currently progressing the design of proposed improvement of the A2 on the northern side of the border providing seamless improvements from west of Bridgend into Derry.
Recent research commissioned by the North-West Strategic Growth Partnership (NWSGP) has established that the N13 / A2 border crossing at Bridgend is the most strategically important and busiest crossing point between Donegal and Derry. The strategic importance is highlighted by the fact that the N13 / A2 route forms part of the TEN-T comprehensive network. (The TEN-T comprehensive network is a Europe-wide strategic network of railway lines, roads, inland waterways, maritime shipping routes, ports, airports and railroad terminals providing integrated and intermodal long-distance, high-speed routes).
Need For the Scheme
We are currently reviewing the constraints and problems associated with the N13 at this location. The conclusions will form part of the business case and justification for Need for the Scheme. Initial investigation has identified:
- The road currently experiences significant congestion, with traffic volumes exceeding the capacity of the road.
- Its safety record is poor, with it being consistently ranked as ‘Above’ or ‘Twice Above Average’ National Safety Ranking.
- There are limited facilities for pedestrians and no cycling facilities
The envisaged timeline for the project is as indicated in the following roadmap.