Barndarrig concerns are falling on deaf ears
FIRST THE National Roads Association and now the Department of Transport have dismissed concerns among local Barndarrig residents about plans to upgrade the N11 to motorway status.
At the beginning of the month the NRA responded negatively to submissions made on behalf of the local Barndarrig community, and now the Department of Transport have responded in similar fashion.
Residents complained that upgrading the N11 would mean cars are far more likely to speed passed the unfinished part of the road from Jack Whites to the Beehive. Children and residents already have great difficulty crossing the road as it is, with parents of pupils attending St. Mary’s National School particularly fearful over the potential for accidents.
Calls for public lighting, a footbridge and road signage have also fallen on deaf ears.
‘Neither the NRA, Wicklow County Council or the Department of Transport are paying any heed to anything we say. They won’t take anything we say on board and it’s like banging your head off a brick wall,’ says Michael Ryan, who lives on a slip road just passed The Tap pub.
His daughter attends school in the Abbey Community College in Wicklow town and has to walk up the road to The Tap in order to catch her bus.
‘You have bad lighting and no footpath. Anyone who lives here will tell you the cars speed by, already well over the limit in place. It’s so dangerous and you can only imagine what it’s like for parents whose child actually has to cross the road to go to school or get a bus.’
However the Department, in a response to a submission received from Barndarrig residents, say that any enforcement of the speed regulations is a matter for the Gardaí.
‘We would love the Gardaí to set up some speed traps there and see just how fast people are travelling at. Of course it would get worse if the motorway application is successful. Soon it will get to the stage where you would be afraid to sit in your own front room.’