Up to 30 minutes will be shaved off journey times between Wexford and Dublin following the opening of a new section of the M11 motorway.

At a cost of €400 million, the new section of M11 south of Gorey took four years to build and will take traffic out of Enniscorthy, Ferns and Camolin.

The tape was cut on the new road today by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and the road was officially opened to the public this afternoon.

The project is one of a number under way in Co Wexford.

The New Ross bypass is due to open before the end of the year, and plans are at an early stage to continue the M11 all the way south to Rosslare.