Transport Plan a Major Problem for Wicklow

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Hugh Creegan, Deputy CEO of the National Transport Authority met Wicklow County Council on Monday and explained and defended their Strategy to 2035 which the Council has criticised. Apart from a commitment to improve the N11 and bring the LUAS to Central Bray the plan will cause major problems. The plan to provide more DART’s to Greystones is very vague and a shuttle from there to South Wicklow even vaguer. The NTA explained that they intend to study this in more detail in 12 months. Cllr Derek Mitchell said ‘I…

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The Need to continue the Community Benefit to Wicklow in Return for Supplying Dublin with most of its water

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Prepared by Cllr Derek Mitchell, Chair Strategic Policy Committee on Roads, Transport and Environment. 087-2574969. February 2016  Management Summary Wicklow’s Community Benefit has stopped in 2015 after a century and a half. Wicklow supplies Dublin with 89% and Kildare with 75% of their water. It has been recognised since 1861 that Wicklow needed to benefit in return. A direct benefit was received or payment made for 153 years up to 2014 but this benefit has not been paid yet for 2015. It needs to be paid and put on…

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Mitchell demands roads are improved before Lidl store is expanded

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Cllr Derek Mitchell has objected to the planning application by Lidl to expand their store in Greystones. ‘the traffic in the Blacklion area is very congested, some people tell me it can take an hour to get from Hillside to Bray, and the long delayed plans to improve the roads must be completed before this store expands and adds extra traffic’. The Council has been planning the Blacklion to Delgany Road since 1989 but it is a long way from completion. Also planned for many years are improvements to the…

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Greystones Harbour Developer moving to complete it

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The harbour developer explained the phasing of his moves to complete it. A lot of work is going on to complete the 5 clubs for handover this year. ‘I am delighted that the clubs are getting these facilities, which are costing €3.5m, it is a tremendous boost to the town’s sports facilities. No other town has produced such great community facilities’. Most of the Public Square will be complete next June and the Public Park in 2019 with all work complete in 2020, the public aspects costing €15m including the…

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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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Submission to Transport Strategy

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Problems with Draft Transport Strategy for Greater Dublin Area 2035—-Submission re Wicklow The Strategy needs to be radically changed for Wicklow. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with the NTA and/or Irish Rail to discuss these detailed points: Survey of Transport Usage. Greystones peak hour Management Summary • The Strategy will not work South of Bray Head as it proposes 3 conflicting public transport options in different parts of the report. 2 of these (the present service and a shuttle) will not cater for the demand and will not…

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Mitchell welcomes progress on Greystones harbour

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The clubhouses for the Sea Scouts, Sailors, Divers, Anglers and Rowers are nearly complete and will be handed over to the clubs for final finishing in early December. I also notice that long hours, including weekend work, are being worked on the large public square. I anticipate that this will be open before next Summer. Agreement has recently been reached between Sisk, who have built the harbour, and Targeted Investment Opportunities which allows the buildings to be developed. Preliminary works have started on 60 houses, north of the existing Sailing…

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