Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - JOHN MAN­NING

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.

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