Concern expressed over Glen Ellan diversion plan
AS public consultation continues on a the major upgrade works on the Rathbeale Road in Swords, a local councillor has called for a contraflow system to be put in place during the works to avoid all of the traffic from the road being diverted towards Glen Ellan.
Cllr Duncan Smith (Lab) has called on the council to ‘re-assess’ the work for the proposed upgrade of the Rathbeale Road from the Murrough Road towards the row of cottages known locally as ‘The Twelve Apostles’ in order to ensure that all the traffic is not diverted towards the Glen Ellan Road.
Cllr Smith argued: ‘This is a very important piece of upgrading works. However, it is important to note that if these works go ahead they will have an impact on traffic in north Swords during the duration of the project which is set to last nine months.
‘In particular, it is planned that should these works go ahead, all traffic coming from Rolestown, will be diverted north to the Glen Ellan Road. This will have a big impact on the current traffic volumes of the Glen Ellan Road and could last up to nine months.’
The Labour councillor added: ‘We have 10 estates directly off the Glen Ellan Road, as well as three schools and a community centre. The traffic on the road is at maximum capacity at peak times already and we can’t have large trucks and heavy goods traffic on top of that for nine months - the traffic system will just break down.’
Cllr Smith called instead for a contraflow system to be put in place on the Rathbeale Road during the extensive upgrade works.
Cllr Duncan Smith