Road works which will open up a landbank at Stapolin in Baldoyle earmarked for up to 1,500 houses are due to get under way in a matter of months.

Fingal County Council has begun the tendering process for an upgrade to the notorious Mayne Road/Hole in the Wall Road junction (inset).

The project will require the construction of a new section of road linking the Hole in the Wall Road to the junction of Drumnigh Road (R124) and Mayne Road (R123).

A new bridge will be built over the River Mayne and the scheme, which incorporates flood defence measures, also allows for the provision of new footpaths, off-road cycle tracks and bus lanes.

The council’s director of planning and strategic development, Matthew McAleese, said the road upgrade represents a critical piece of infrastructure which will significantly improve road safety.

He added: “This will also open up lands in Baldoyle for further development which will ultimately see in the region of 1,500 houses constructed in that area.”

Infrastructure for the council-owned landbank will be serviced via the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF), which promotes increasing the provision of social housing within developments.

LIHAF projects in Fingal include the Donabate Distributor Road, which is expected to facilitate the delivery of up to 1,200 housing units.

Senior engineer Paul Carroll said: “The development of the Donabate Distributor Road was the first project under the LIHAF banner to get under way in 2017. With work progressing this year, it is expected to be completed in 2019.”

Work has also commenced on the provision of strategic road infrastructure in the Oldtown-Mooretown area, just off the Rathbeale Road, in Swords where up to 800 housing units will be built.

The tendering process for the Baldoyle works will take around four months. Subject to funding approval, the project is expected to take an estimated 15 months.