Lo­cals not keen on N11 up­grade pro­pos­als

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BARN­DAR­RIG res­i­dents are ex­am­in­ing the NRA pro­pos­als to up­grade the N11 to mo­tor­way sta­tus to see what ram­i­fi­ca­tions the change will have for them.

Lo­cals have long cam­paigned for a speed re­duc­tion at Lil Doyle’s junc­tion from 100 km to 80 km so school chil­dren don’t have to cross the road through a gaunt­let of speed­ing traf­fic.

Now plans to up­grade stretches of the Cullen- more Bends, Ark­low By­pass and Gorey By­pass have led to fears that traf­fic will still treat the un­fin­ished sec­tion of the N11 as a Mo­tor­way, with speeds ac­tu­ally in­creas­ing.

Lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives at coun­cil level have al­ready out­lined their op­po­si­tion to the pro­pos­als.

Fr. Vin­cent Dempsey, Parish Priest for Barn- dar­rig and Kil­bride has also led the calls for a re­duc­tion in speed.

‘It will ob­vi­ously af­fect us but we just have to look at maps and draw­ings to get a proper pic­ture. We are still push­ing for the speed limit to be re­duced by St. Mary’s Na­tional School, but we haven’t re­ceived any def­i­nite word back yet. Peo­ple here are very con­cerned about the speed limit as it stands.’

Dis­cus­sions be­tween res­i­dents and Wick­low County Coun­cil have proved help­ful, with a num­ber of elected mem­bers voic­ing their con­cerns over the cur­rent speed lim­its and the po­ten­tial for even higher speeds if sec­tions of the N11 are suc­cess­fully up­graded to mo­tor­way sta­tus.

Traf­fic on the N11 at Barn­dar­rig.

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