RUSH WORKS BEGIN
The new shuttle bus service for Rush has begun while the controversial 12-week closure of part of the Rush to Skerries road goes on to facilitate Irish Water’s progression of a multi-million euro project to end the flow of untreated sewage into the waters off Rush.
A free daily shuttle buses for the duration of the phased road closure on the Skerries Road has begun.
Buses will run from 5am to 12:30am daily from Monday to Saturday and from 8am to 12.30am on Sunday.
Two shuttle buses will operate at peak times from Rush to Lusk to link with the local Dublin Bus service which will not be able to access the closed road.
The shuttle bus will operate from Rush to Skerries Train Station at peak morning times on Monday to Saturday.
Irish Water is investing €9.7 million in the Rush wastewater collection project which will benefit over 9,000 residents, tourists and the environment in Rush and will significantly improve the bathing water at South Beach Rush, North Beach and Harbour Road Beach by stopping the discharge of untreated wastewater (sewage) into the sea, according to the utility.
According to Irish Water, the next step in the project requires an upgrade of the sewer network along the Skerries Road (R128) and will require a phased road closure. Irish Water has organised a free shuttle buses for residents for the duration of the phased road closure along the Skerries Road (R128) to Rush, Loughshinny and Skerries.
The utility said that at present, approximately 75% of sewage generated in Rush discharges untreated into the Irish Sea.
An Irish Water spokesperson said: ‘The foul sewer currently in place along the R128 is sub-standard and under capacity. This sewer surcharges in periods of high rainfall discharging raw sewage onto the road and adjacent waterways.
‘The most recent event was August 14 2017 after a period of heavy rainfall. The new pipe upgrade will eliminate this problem. Following feedback from the recent drop in public information evening in Rush Community Centre, the number of free shuttle buses has been increased and a bus will run at peak times from Monday to Saturday from Rush to Skerries.
‘From Monday to Saturday two shuttle buses will run at peak times along the RushLusk-rush route and a shuttle bus will run from the Rush via Loughshinny to Skerries Train Station.’
The works along Skerries Road R128 the will be constructed in seven phases. The first phase of the works will require a Stop/go single lane closure to be in place.
The remaining six phases of works are at a much deeper depth as the sewer is located 4.5 metres underground and will require 160 metres of road to close at a time as works advance through the phases. Pedestrian and cycle access will be available throughout for the duration of the works.
Throughout the works at least one of the entrances to Golden Ridge will be available for use at all times.
There are also extensive traffic diversions in place for the duration of the works.
Residents of Goldenridge have been affected by the works.