Wicklow

A Better Rail Service for Greystones, Kilcoole and Wicklow.

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Procurement of Refurbished and New Diesel railcars.  You are procuring improved carriages, I ask that you get them so that the doors in a limited number of carriages can be opened at short platform stations. These are normal in most other commuter railways but the IR carriages must open all doors on the train which means 8 carriages cannot be used on lines with short platforms (Kilcoole & Rathdrum for example). This will improve the service to Greystones and Wicklow by allowing longer 8 carriage trains in place of the…

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Wicklow Parking Regulations agreed

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Wicklow County Council agreed the revised parking regulations which have been discussed over the last year. The charging period will start at 10 am and end 6 pm for Greystones, Wicklow, Arklow with Bray starting at 9 am. There will be a 15 minute grace period which will be marked on the meter. Cllr Derek Mitchell (FG) said that for Greystones this will encourage early shopping and allow short term shopping. It should encourage more turnover of the spaces and be better for the shops. It was also decided not to charge for the large…

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Wicklow’s income for supplying all Dublin’s water should be re-instated

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Wicklow supplies 90% of Dublin’s water from the Roundwood and Blessington reservoirs. For 153 years either Bray and Greystones got free water under the 1861 Dublin Corporation Waterworks Act or a payment was received as compensation for this. However this stopped in 2014 due to changes in council finances and the creation of Irish Water. ‘I have prepared a paper which has drawn together these facts which we need to lobby the Government. Initially the previous grant should be reinstated and a long term fee per cu. Meter of water….

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Draft DART Timetable Changes

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To: Public Consultation TO: NTA/Irish Rail.   Draft DART Timetable Changes   I am making this submission to express my concern about the DART timetable changes for the Greystones and the Wicklow rail service. The draft timetable for 2016 shows that while there are more trains to Bray, Greystones and South Wicklow get no extra trains and the time taken will be 12% longer. To get into work at 9 in Dublin people will have to leave on the 07.30 ex Greystones instead of the 08.00 now. This timetable will…

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Transport Plan gets it wrong on Wicklow

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The recently published Draft Transport Strategy for the Dublin Region proposes that the LUAS goes to Bray which is welcome. However South of Bray the Strategy seriously understates current and future transport demand in Wicklow. Currently the roads are full and the rail line empty. The solutions planned will not work according to Cllr Derek Mitchell, Chair of the Council’s Transport Committee, who previously spent 22 years campaigning to get the DART to Greystones. ‘I counted the number of people getting on busses and trains in Greystones and it is…

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Tagging of Criminals welcomed by Mitchell

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The Minister for Justice has announced that a system of electronic tagging of criminals will be introduced as well as more Garda resources’ and fast cars. A particular focus will be on about 200 habitual criminals in a number of gangs. ‘I welcome the tagging which will allow the Garda to monitor the criminals and is cheaper and more effective than imprisonment. A large number of burglaries are by repeat offenders who have been roaming the motorways and I hope this will curb them’.

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Transport Report plans LUAS to Bray, nothing for South of Greystones

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The National Transport Authority has released a vast draft plan for the Greater Dublin Region to 2035. It recommends putting the LUAS to Bray, increasing the DART frequency, bus feeder services in Bray and Greystones and more Park n’ Ride sites. However while it seems to recommend a high frequency DART service to Greystones it does not seem to allow for the single track which would not allow this. Also it makes no allowance for any extra diesel services south of Greystones. The highly complicated transport model predicts there will…

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Council asks for a partial redesign of La Touche Hotel housing plan

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Wicklow County Council has asked for 13 points of further information about the planning application for 26 houses on the site of the La Touche Hotel. In effect this is a request for a partial redesign within the Architectural Conservation Area.  They welcome the retention of the historic building but are concerned that the sea side new buildings dominate the Hotel, adjoining buildings and the walk from the Harbour. The Council has also requested footpath, parking and other improvements in the design. Cllr. Derek Mitchell said ‘I objected to this…

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Mitchell lobbies for M50/N11 Upgrade

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Cllr Derek Mitchell, who is Chairman of Wicklow’s Transportation and Environment Committee, has been lobbying to get an upgrade of the M50/N11 included in the Department of Transports Statement of Strategy for the next 3 years. ‘the traffic congestion on this overloaded section of road hinders job creation and is very frustrating for the residents of East Wicklow’ ‘I have been trying to get this upgrade done for some years and met the previous Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, last December. He agreed to get a study done in 2014…

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Wicklow victimised by Water Cuts

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Press Release Wicklow victimised by Water Cuts   The water shortage should be evenly spread over the Greater Dublin Region. At present quite a number of houses at higher level have no water in Delgany and Kilmacanoge while Greystones is cut off at night. This is because algae growth at the treatment plant at Roundwood has reduced the amount of treated water. Most of the water from Wicklow is supplied to Dublin which has had no cutbacks. This is Wicklow’s water we should have first priority or at a very…

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