Transport

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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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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Transport Plan a disaster for Wicklow

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The Dail recently approved the Greater Dublin Area Transport Plan to 2035. The good point is that it includes very frequent, 6 minute, DARTs and the LUAS to Central Bray and major improvements in the N11 from the M50 to Ashford. It also proposes a shuttle train service from the South to Greystones to connect to the DART and a larger Park n’ Ride there. However there are no proposals for more than the current 30 minute DART service in Greystones, indeed the plan for more frequent DARTs to Bray…

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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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New DART Timetable will provide worse service to Greystones

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The introduction of the new ’10 minute’ DART service has been delayed by the drivers. ‘However when implemented it will increase the journey time, DARTs and diesels, to Wicklow South of Bray by 12% and will not provide a single extra train service. No proper explanation for the increased time has been given by Irish Rail even though the service is already very slow’ complained Cllr Derek Mitchell. This is according to the Draft consultation timetable issued in December and later discussions with Irish Rail. No final timetable has been…

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Delgany to Blacklion Road. Councillors to put pressure on officials

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I am pressing strongly to get this road included in the overall Council’s Capital Budget. A section, in picture, will open this year as part of a housing development currently with showhouses. All Greystones Councillors agreed to vote against the Capital Budget unless the remainder of this road is funded’. There are 3 pinch points on the current footpath, one of which will be eliminated when the road section opens this year. Another part can be widened within the existing width but the third will require purchase of land. Councillors…

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Irish Rail offer little hope for Greystones on Timetable Revision

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Chris Rafferty  District DART Manager and Stephen Kane Timetable Planner attended Greystones Municipal District Meetingon Tuesday. They said that the new timetable, which provides 10 minute services from Bray, would probably come into operation after Easter but they were not finalised yet. The draft timetable showed trains taking 5.5 minutes extra time but they were not able to offer much hope on that. This meant that, to get to work in Dublin at 9 a Greystones person would have to get the 7.30 DART instead of the 8.00 at present….

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