The M3 provides a strategic link between Dublin and the Northeast of Ireland. It runs from Clonee to the North of Kells, northeast of Dublin.
With a length of 50 km and an investment exceeding 548 million Euros, the M3 highway is the biggest engineering project ever carried out in the Republic of Ireland.
The M3 entails an average saving of 17 minutes in driving time along the route. A reduction of more than 30% in the accident rate in comparison to the old N3 road is expected.
This highway has released a large proportion of the surrounding urban centers from heavy goods transit. This is a vital boost to conservation of the area's outstanding cultural heritage.
|Concessionaire||Eurolink Motorway Operations Ltd.|
|Location||Republic of Ireland|
|Customer||National Roads Authority|
|Equity structure||95% Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.|
|Opening date||June 4th, 2010|
|Concession start date||2007|
|Concession end date||2052|
|Purpose||Design construction, conservation and operation|
|Managed investment||€ 548.9 M|
|Jobs created||77 positions|
|Length of the highway||50 km|
|Number of lanes||2 lanes each way|
|Toll system||Closed, 2 trunk toll booths.|
|Payment methods accepted||Cash, TAG and cards (except AMEX and Laser)|
Before the arrival of Cintra and construction of the M3, the N3 highway was continuously congested and had an extremely high accident rate.