Sug­ges­tion third M11 lane should be for buses and car-pool­ing

Bray People - - NEWS -

The Co Wick­low PPN En­vi­ron­men­tal Net­work met re­cently to dis­cuss the im­pact of fos­sil fu­els on our en­vi­ron­ment and in re­gards to cli­mate change.

The re­cent an­nounce­ment about the ex­ten­sion to the

N11/M11 formed part of this dis­cus­sion.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Net­work agrees with those that be­lieve if a third lane is con­structed and used as a nor­mal lane, it will quickly fill-up and in a cou­ple of years there will be talk about the need for a fourth lane.

This prompted the net­work to write to the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Wick­low County Coun­cil, our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and TDs with sug­ges­tions on how to re­duce and man­age con­ges­tion on the N11/M11. One sug­ges­tion was to make the new third lane a bus and car-pool­ing lane; a lane that may be used by buses and only those cars car­ry­ing three or more pas­sen­gers.

Free and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble Park ‘n Rides could be pro­vided at all junc­tions on the N11/M11, while ex­ist­ing Park ‘n Rides ser­vic­ing the Luas and Dart lines could be im­proved and ex­tended. The num­bers of buses us­ing the N11/M11 could also be in­creased.

The Co Wick­low PPN En­vi­ron­men­tal Net­work feel a bus and car-pool­ing lane will max­imise ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­able use of the new third lane, en­able a much-im­proved bus ser­vice to and from Dublin City and make pub­lic trans­port at­trac­tive. It would also re­duce the num­ber of cars on the road and form part of a Gov­ern­ment ap­proach to Cli­mate Ac­tion. It would also help Ire­land to re­duce the car­bon emis­sions from trans­port and in par­tic­u­lar, the car­bon that a new third lane would will pro­duce.

Co Wick­low PPN will also pur­sue these pro­pos­als through their com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive on Wick­low County Coun­cil’s Trans­port Strate­gic Pol­icy Com­mit­tee.

Slow-mov­ing traffic on the N11.

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