Barn­dar­rig con­cerns are fall­ing on deaf ears

Bray People - - News Focus -

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.’

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