Locals unite in bid to steer a fix for area’s traffic

by Mark O'Brien
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A NUMBER of residents’ associations from estates along the Newcastle Road have joined forces in an attempt to lobby for resolutions to the traffic issues in the area.

Representatives from Finnstown Abbey, Fairways, Adamstown, The Paddocks, Westbury, Hillcrest and Cannonbrook recently met Transport Minister Shane Ross to outline their concerns and push for resolutions to the traffic issues.

The meeting was organise by Cllr Liona O’Toole (Ind), who told The Gazette that the residents were keen to ease the chronic traffic issues that have been affecting Lucan residents.

She said: “All these residents are working together in relation to one common issue and that’s to deal with the traffic and infrastructure issues around existing Lucan and new planned developments.”

The group asked Minister Ross to undertake a Greater Access Study to examine the traffic issues in Lucan.

A Lucan Access Study was previously undertaken by South Dublin County Council but the residents feel that the scope of that study is too small.

“The study would need to take in where the traffic is coming from and going to,” said Cllr O’Toole.

The group also asked raised other issues with the Minister, including the frequency of trains to Adamstown train station and the possibility of reopening tributary roads – such as Esker Lane – as a short-term solution to reduce the amount of traffic on the N4.

The group have agreed to draft a report that they will send to Minister Ross, outlining all of their concerns, and Cllr O’Toole praised the residents for working so well together.

She said: “It’s very rare to get seven groups together working towards a common goal.

“We could spend all day looking at individual issues, but these are issues that affect not just the people on the Newcastle Road but everybody in the Lucan area.”

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