Transport M50/N11

Traffic Jams on the M50/ N11

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Going South there are regular traffic jams in the evening back to Cherrywood and increasingly in the mornings going North back to Willow Grove. Of the 6 big radial roads out of Dublin, this is the only one which has not been modernised. It needs to be modernised as it is vital for the prosperity of East Wicklow. In the long run it needs a third lane. Some short term measures will ease congestion: Southbound, improving the off/on ramps at Fassaroe, reducing the number of exits (4 in a mile)…

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Mitchell pleased that Council management agrees to maintain Charlesland Dual Carriageway

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At Mondays meeting of Wicklow County Council it was decided to Take in Charge the Dual Carriageway. This followed a commitment from management to maintain it, subject to next year’s budget process. At a previous meeting Council officials had said that there was no money to maintain it while other officials said we were legally required to Take it in Charge and hand back the bond. I proposed that it would be left as previously unless there was a commitment to maintain it. This had narrowly passed and put adequate…

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Mitchell supports Charlesland Residents demand to get the Council to maintain Dual Carriageway

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Mitchell supports Charlesland Residents demand to get the Council to maintain Dual Carriageway Wicklow County Council has taken the central Charlesland green in charge. However, in a narrow vote the councillors refused to take the Dual Carriageway in charge as Council staff said there were no funds for planned maintenance. Council officials wrote to the Charlesland Residents Committee asking them whether they would maintain it. The Committee has now written back to say they will not maintain it as they feel it should be maintained by the Council. ‘The Committee…

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Mitchell wants N11 improved with 5 point Plan

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Cllr Derek Mitchell has written to the Minister for Transport to ask for a meeting to present him with a plan to reduce traffic congestion on the N11. When economic growth resumes these traffic jams will get much worse, The National Roads Authority has refused to deal with this and I want the Minister to get this plan implemented. On the Southbound lane junction improvements are needed at Fassaroe and a significant improvement is needed at the Kilcroney junction to allow traffic flow more freely. On the Northbound lane a…

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National Transport Authority Plan ignores Wicklow

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This Plan which will set transport improvements up to 2018 ignores Wicklow in spite it having grown more than 3 of the 4 Dublin Councils. 45% of the population of Wicklow lives in the Metropolitan area and is thus obliged to accept high density development as happened with Charlesland. This % is much higher than other Mid East Counties. Population targets handed down to Councils insist on a large expansion of zoned land, for example, Greystones was required to rezone extra land for 24,000 compared to a current 17,500. The…

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Specialised Pothole filling truck to be used in Greystones

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At Greystones Town Council, Councillor Derek Mitchell said that many potholes appear again within a year after being filled. ‘Wicklow County Council purchased a specially equipped truck in 2008 but it had never been used in the Greystones Area though it is used extensively in the East and South of the county. This special equipment produces better compaction and the repair is supposed to last much longer.’ It was agreed that this equipment should be used in Greystones and hopefully will result in a much better job.

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Transport to North Wicklow seizes up again – National Transport Authority needs to do better

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Transport to North Wicklow seizes up again. National Transport Authority needs to do better. People have again been stuck in their cars for over 3 ½ hours due to problems with the M11. DART services have again been halted between Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey probably because falling trees have cut the electric wires. The DART service frequently stops here either because of flooding or trees falling and also has a low speed limit. Fridays M11 closure for most of the day was due to flooding but delays are very frequent…

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M50/N11 Improvements

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Councillor Derek Mitchell (FG), B.A.I, MSc, FCA, Member Wicklow County Council, Mid-East and Greater Dublin Regional Authorities, Wicklow’s Strategic Policy Committee on Roads. Appeal ZD06D.ZD2010 Cherrywood. Bord Pleanala Oral Hearing 13th March. Academy Plaza Hotel, 10am. Summary 1. The N11 at Fassaroe and Kilmacanoge is at least 30% over capacity because of its poor design. Traffic jams regularly are 4km back to the Cherrywood Junction. 2. 40% of Cherrywood commuters will come from the South, almost all along the N11 at Fassaroe as there is little public transport. 3. The…

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Mitchell asks Bord Pleanala to ensure N11/M50 improved before Cherrywood is built

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Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Council is planning to build a large town at Cherrywood with lots of retail and office development. Bord Pleanala is holding an Oral Hearing into the plans this week. I am very concerned that the N11/M50 will seize up with all the people who are expected to commute from Wicklow. Traffic jams regularly stretch back 4km from Fassaroe even before Cherrywood is built. I have objected to the plan and told the Oral Hearing that improving this road must be a precondition of this plan. The National Roads…

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