Fingal County Council has appointed Roughan and O’Donovan, a leading multi-disciplinary consultancy firm, to provide engineering, planning and environmentalservices for the Donabate Transport Projects. These works will comprise a number of major projects with the objective of improving transport and active travel infrastructure and road safety on the Donabate-Portrane peninsula.
The projects are being progressed by the Planning & Strategic Infrastructure Department with support from the National Transport Authority as part of the implementation of the NTA’s Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network and from Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
Signing of the Donabate Transport Projects with Consultants, photo Fintan Clarke Coalesce Ltd
These projects include:
• Phase 2 of the Donabate Distributor Road project, to improve access to Donabate and Portrane from the M1-Lissenhall Interchange for all road users, particularly vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists;
• Blakes Cross Junction Upgrade, to provide a safer junction layout that caters for both motorised traffic and active travel modes of transport such as walking and cycling;
• A study of the M1-Lissenhall Interchange, in collaboration with TII, to assess all technical and operational traffic issues associated with this strategic motorway junction;
• Donabate Active Travel Routes which encompass a number of related local projects which aim to increase local connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.
Matthew McAleese, FCC Director of Services for Planning and Strategic Infrastructure said “I am delighted to see the Donabate Transport Projects move forward. These projects will bring significant benefits and, together with the construction of new homes and recreational facilities in Donabate, will serve the future sustainable development needs of the area”.
Commenting on the appointment, Harry Meighan, Chairman of Roughan O’Donovan, said: “Roughan & O’Donovan has provided planning and design services in Fingal for more than 30 years, since our design of overbridges on the Blanchardstown Bypass in the early 1990’s. We are delighted to have been appointed to the Framework for Engineering Consultancy Services for Donabate Transport Projects, and we look forward to working with the Planning and Strategic Infrastructure team in Fingal County Council to enhance active travel provision and improve road safety on the Donabate Portrane Peninsula.”
Paul Carroll, Senior Engineer leading the Transportation Planning Section said: “We’re delighted to be working with Roughan & O’Donovan on these exciting projects. The schemes we will be working on will all aim to create a high-quality transportation network including high quality public realm and landscaping. As a young, growing town, it’s important that we design our infrastructure for all abilities and for all ages.”
Work on the initial data-gathering and concept development stages of the Donabate Transport Projects will commence immediately. Further stages of design work will follow on subsequently in the new year.