Sod turning on Ongar-Barnhill site

by Rose Barrett
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Last Friday, Fingal County Council celebrated the official turning of the sod on the Ongar-Barnhill site in Dublin 15, writes Rose Barrett.

Contractors BAM moved on site and construction got underway following a contract signing at County Hall the previous week.

The Ongar-Barnhill Road is a long-standing objective of Fingal County Council. This new high quality transportation corridor will significantly improve accessibility for sustainable and active travel modes in this fast-growing area. It will also support Fingal’s ongoing commitment to supporting the provision of new homes by providing new access to the surrounding areas of residentially zoned lands.

The project consists of approximately 1.8km of road, footpath and cycling facilities and will run from the Barnwell Roundabout to Barberstown Lane South. Its key feature will be a new bridge crossing over the Dunboyne railway line and it will significantly replace the largely rural road network now in place, as new development spreads across D 15.

The Barnhill Local Area Plan was adopted by FCC in February 2019 and will underpin the sustainable development of significant residential development within those LAP (Local Area Plan) lands. The area will be the site for circa 1,200 new homes with park space and commercial premises also planned for the site.  The Ongar-Barnhill Road scheme also provides walking and cycling links to the Royal Canal Greenway and is designed to complement the future provision of Dart+ West, which will also strengthen the local sustainable and Active Travel network. 

With a construction cost of some €20m funded by FCC’s development levies, engineering contractor BAM Civil Ltd were appointed to commence works in September with a two-year construction programme. See  

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy: “Developing new housing within the Barnhill Local Area Plan lands depends on access being provided to the area. This new road will not only make it easier to travel to local schools for those already living here, it will also open the door to new housing development taking place in D15 so that families looking for a place to live can make their home within this wonderful community.” 

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