Mitchell concerned that Bus route changes are worse for Greystones/Kilcoole

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I am going to an NTA briefing but am concerned that it is based on wrong information and will produce a worse service: Questions to NTA. 1. The existing DART frequency Bray Greystones is shown as 20 mins. In fact it is 30 mins. At the last briefing, a year or so ago, I specifically corrected this point, which was discussed, when you had it 15 min. It seems incredible that this important fact is AGAIN wrong and calls into question the whole procedure. 2. The proposed Greystones DART frequency…

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Council approves Kilmacanoge N11 safety improvements and moves 3rd lane N/M11 scheme forward

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Wicklow County Council approved the long awaited N11 safety scheme at Kilmacanoge. This will have a separated 50 kph lane from Bray South junction to Kilmac and all access/exit from premise will be from that lane. The main N11 will be separated by a raised section and posts and will have a speed limit of 80 or 100 kph. Similar to a section of the N4 at Lucan it will greatly improve safety. Costing €2.5m work should start this year and be complete in a year. It will involve 2…

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Opening Greystones Way

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Greystones Way Trail speech opening by Cathaoirleach, Greystones Municipal District. 26th June 2018 5.15 pm. Cathaoirleach Wicklow County Council, Pat Vance, Ministers and TDs, Members Wicklow Co Co, Chief Executive and District Manager and staff of Wicklow Co Co, Wicklow Tourism, Uplands Council and a number of people interested in walking. Welcome to all. I am delighted to ‘open’ the Greystones Way Trail from Greystones train station to Kilmacanoge connecting to the existing Sugar Loaf Way there. An 8km trail walk from Greystones train station, Whitshed Road through the Edwardian…

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Opening wider footpath at St. Laurence’s School

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This improvement to widen the road and footpath is badly needed. Previously trucks mounted the narrow pavement when passing which was very dangerous for pedestrians walking to school. We need to encourage walking to school and this wider road and proper path will help. We now need to widen the road the remainder of the way in order to provide for people walking & cycling to the 4 large schools on it, something which has been planned for many years.

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Mitchell objects to harbour house design changes.

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The developer of the harbour houses has proposed changes which mean they now propose to overlook Mt. Haven behind the railway line. I have objected as Mount Haven Residents were previously assured they would not be overlooked. I expect the harbour houses will be altered. I have also asked that provision would be made for occasional camping, by laying down service pipes, for special authorised marine events such as Rowing & Sailing Regattas and Sea Scouts events.

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DART reliability to Greystones and replacement Bus Service: Improvement Needed

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Letter to: Chief Executive, Irish Rail Chief Executive, Dublin Bus, Chief Executive, NTA. Dear Sirs, DART reliability to Greystones and replacement Bus Service: Improvement Needed The Greystones DART is less reliable than the rest of the system due to issues such as; routine signalling problems, rock falls, suicides, timing & coordination issues on the single track. It is however heavily used, the 5th busiest suburban station, in spite of the limited number of trains. This is due to being the Southern terminus, large growth in area, having a large park…

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Metro should go to Bray, reserve route now

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Submission to Metrolink Consultation. Reserve Route to Bray. The Metro is a good idea, however the study is too short term and does not deal with possible future expansion to Cherrywood and Bray. The connection is envisaged as a LUAS, however this is likely to prove to not have enough capacity. A route should be reserved to bring Metro to Bray before Cherrywood is built. The existing route from Bride’s Glen to use the existing old rail bridge involves 2 very sharp bends which LUAS can take but a Metro…

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Work on La Touche Hotel finally starts

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The developer has finally started work turning it into 22 new houses and 5 tall terraced houses in the old shell. The site has been derelict and an eyesore for 15 years so it is good to see progress. ‘It will be disruptive for those living and working next to it but it does need doing’. The new houses will be timber frame and be made mostly off site and craned into place. This is quicker and less disruptive than traditional construction. Overall it is expected to take 18 months…

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Irish Rail refuses extra Wicklow/Wexford train

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Irish Rails Acting Chief Executive, Jim Meade, has written to Wicklow County Council refusing to run an extra rush hour train. Councillor Derek Mitchell said ‘The N11 is jammed and the rail line virtually empty because of the poor service. For example Carlow, has 4 times as many people using the train as Wicklow even though it is well outside the Dublin area and also on a single line track’. At Cllr Mitchell’s suggestion the Council was asked: to lobby transport authorities to ensure that 8 of the carriages resulting…

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