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

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:

  1. Spent 3 years studying the M50/N11 traffic jams, since it agreed with Minister Varadakar to do this in 2013, but has not yet produced a report. This is very amateur as there should have been a timetable for producing the report.
  2. Recently cancelled the LUAS going to Fassaroe, near Bray, which is to be the main growth centre for Wicklow.
  3. Has a long term plan to replace direct diesel trains, South of Greystones, with unpopular shuttles.

In addition in Greystones the Council has planned a new road from Blacklion to Delgany for 30 years but has no money to build it even though the population has tripled. 

 This is a recipe for transport chaos. In August a Council delegation asked Minister for Transport Shane Ross to get TII to respond properly to this required growth but nothing has happened.

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