Au­thor­i­ties feel­ing heat as N11 plans face scrapheap


Bray People - - News - Myles BUCHANAN

THE Na­tional Roads Au­thor­ity and Depart­ment of Trans­port have been told they need to both se­ri­ously re-ex­am­ine their road safety pri­or­i­ties af­ter an­nounc­ing that vi­tal up­grades from the Bee­hive past Jack Whites on the N11 won’t be go­ing ahead.

Cllr. Conal Ka­vanagh feels that nei­ther the NRA or the Depart­ment fully un­der­stand the safety con­cerns and is­sues which plague reg­u­lar users of the road on a daily ba­sis.

The ten­der­ing process was due to start ei­ther at the end of the year or beginning of next year but Wick­low County Coun­cil was told to halt the process due to com­mit­ments to other projects which had al­ready com­menced.

The sin­gle lane sec­tion from the Bee­hive just past Jack Whites re­mains the only un­com­pleted sec­tion of the N11.

‘It’s dis­ap­point­ing to say the least, but not sur­pris­ing,’ says Cllr. Ka­vanagh.

‘There is a huge risk fac­tor on that sec­tion of the road and now it isn’t go­ing to be reme­died. Peo­ple who use the road reg­u­larly, or who live ad­ja­cent to it are ex­posed to a great risk but no-one at the depart­ment or the NRA seems to ap­pre­ci­ate the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion.’

Fund­ing had been made avail­able for the works a num­ber of years ago, but was with­drawn and trans­ferred to an­other project in Water­ford in­stead.

Now there could be an­other wait of three to four years be­fore any fund­ing be­comes avail­able, while the NRA con­tinue to push to up­grade parts of the N11 to mo­tor­way sta­tus.

‘That would send out such a bad sig­nal to bad driv­ers, es­pe­cially go­ing through Barn­dar­rig,’ in­sists Cllr. Ka­vanagh.

‘The Depart­ment of Trans­port is so dis­or­gan­ised re­gard­ing the N11 and yet can’t seem to see that danger­ous link, which is very scary.

‘Some sort of ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion needs to take place so they can get to the bot­tom of where the main pri­or­i­ties are for road safety is­sues in Ire­land.’

Chil­dren from St Mary’s Na­tional School in Barn­dar­rig have to cross the busy N11 to get the bus home.

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