Transport

Mitchell launches a Plan to improve Rail & Commuter Transport in Wicklow

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Cllr Derek Mitchell has written a detailed paper proposing a tripling of train capacity on the Wicklow line by providing; an extra diesel service at peak hours; increasing the number of carriages from 4 to 8 and providing an extra DART from Greystones. Also express buses on the N11 from Arklow with Park n’ Ride & cycle parking there, Wicklow Town, Newtown, Kilpeddar and Glenview. These should copy the successful 84x and use the M11 and bus lanes into Dublin. Some should also go, at peak hours, to Sandyford and…

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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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Lidl to expand store in spite of extra traffic problems

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Bord Pleanala has granted permission for a 59% expansion of the Lidl store in Blacklion, Greystones. They also allowed the number of parking spaces to be reduced from 234 to 181. Lidl are required to provide land to inset the busy bus stop and to provide a left turn lane which will help traffic whenever built. No deliveries to or from the store are allowed at night (from 2200 to 0600 hours nor at school entry and leaving times (0800 to 930 and 1300 to 1530). ‘I objected to this…

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Council doing Study of Route for improved Delgany to Blacklion Road

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The Council is currently studying the route for this and expects to have a report in February. This road was put on the plan in 1989 and while both ends have been made by builders no plan exists for the middle. The middle is very narrow and dangerous. The population has massively expanded and there are now 4 large schools on the road. I have been pressing for a long time for this to be improved so that children can safely cycle and walk to school and for the Redford…

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Mitchell welcomes South Beach Protection

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Irish Rail is protecting the rail line along Greystones South beach for about 300M with steel piling and rock armour. This work will take till Christmas together with more protection further South towards Kilcoole. ‘I am pleased that this is being done as erosion had washed away the South part of the beach while building up the North part so it is much wider than in the past’.

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Wicklow Plans 16,000 population increase but no plans for better transport – Development without Infrastructure

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On Monday Wicklow County Council approved a Development Plan to 2022 which plans for an increase from 142,000 this year to 158,000 in 2022. This is in accordance with population growth targets handed down by the Minister for Environment. However Transport Ireland has no plans to improve poor transport which currently results in 5km traffic jams on the N11 from Kilpedder on weekdays. ‘This is more houses without infrastructure’ TII’s has: Spent 3 years studying the M50/N11 traffic jams, since it agreed with Minister Varadakar to do this in 2013, but…

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Rail Survey of Commuter stations shows big North Wicklow train usage

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Bray, with 2974 daily users, is the 2nd busiest suburban station and Greystones, 1951 users, is the 5th busiest. These are high usage figures and show how many people are dependent on the DART. Cllr Derek Mitchell said ‘The figures for Greystones are particularly high, equivalent to 11% of the population, given the limited service that operates because of the single line track from Bray’. The busiest suburban station is Dun Laoghaire, with Blackrock 3rd and Malahide 4th. The 4 Wicklow stations South of Greystones only have a few trains a day…

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Mitchell objects to no funding for Greystones traffic and other problems

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Cllr Derek Mitchell objected to Wicklow County Council’s 3 year Capital Investment Plan because it does not provide any funds for the Delgany to Blacklion Road. Traffic jams are very bad in the area and the present road, with 4 large schools, is unsafe. ‘the Council has been planning this road since 1987 and it has not been built because Greystones is being starved of funds but having major development’.

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