Total number of assets (1)
This browser does not support viewing this file type. Please download the asset to view.
The M7 Portlaoise–Castletown/M8 Portlaoise–Cullahill Motorway scheme through County Laois will comprise 41 km of motorway and 11 km of link roads (Illus. 1). It will commence from the existing Portlaoise Bypass and tie in with the N7 Castletown–Nenagh road scheme, south of Borris in Ossory, and the M8 Cullahill–Cashel Motorway scheme, south of Cullahill. The M7/M8 scheme is the largest infrastructural project to be undertaken in County Laois. The proposed motorway is routed through a rural landscape, with the existing land use being almost exclusively agricultural.Villages and settlements in the environs of the motorway include Borris in Ossory, Cullahill, Ballycolla, Aghaboe and Clogh. The landscape is characterised by well-drained, gently undulating, broad valleys, giving rise to good-quality pastureland and pockets of bogland. Remnants of historical landscapes and woodland demesne planting occur along the route at Abbeyleix, Castledurrow, Donore, Palmerhill, Lismore and Granston.