Newlands Cross is a well-known junction in south-west Dublin in the county of South Dublin. It is the point where the N7 National Route to the South West and Mid West crosses an orbital local route, the R113. For many years this area roughly marked the place where Dublin City ended and the "country" began, though it is now inside the urban area.
The R113 (in the form of the Belgard Road dual-carriageway) joins Newlands to Tallaght in the South and to the Fonthill Road in Clondalkin village to the North; the cross itself is located at the southern end of Clondalkin.
In November 2014 the N7 flyover and exit slip roads to replace the at-grade signal controlled crossing were opened. This eliminated the last signal-controlled crossing on the N7/M7 route between the M50 and Limerick.
By 2007, the signal-controlled junction was suffering serious traffic congestion and the upgrade to a grade-separated interchange was planned. The upgraded N7 would pass over the R113. Construction went to tender in August 2008 and preparatory work started in September 2008. Following delays, construction proper started in June 2013 and was expected to be completed in May 2015. The new flyover opened to traffic ahead of schedule on 20 November 2014. Further works continued on the slip roads alongside the flyover until March 2015.
Crime journalist Veronica Guerin was shot and killed in 1996, while queuing in traffic at nearby Boot Road junction (now closed). A memorial to her is located at the site of the incident, the "Boot Road" slip approximately 300 metres west of the junction.
- Genevieve Carbery (6 June 2013). "Sod turned on €282m Newlands cross flyover and N11 projects". Irish Times. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- http://archives.tcm.ie/businesspost/2001/03/25/story182275928.asp Sunday Business Post