Con­cern ex­pressed over Glen El­lan di­ver­sion plan

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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

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