Grangegorman permeability scheme to be made permanent

by Rachel Darcy

A trial permeability scheme in Grangegorman is to be made permanent, following an agreement by the Central Area Committee at a meeting on Tuesday.

The committee agreed to make the Filtered Permeability Scheme at Grangegorman a permanent fixture, with the scheme receiving near unanimous support.

This will now mean that the areas bounded by Rathdown Road, Upper and Lower Grangegorman and Orchard Terrace, Marne Villas, Fitzwilliam Place will be closed to through traffic.

Speaking about today’s decision, Labour’s Joe Costello said: “While there were significant problems with the level of consultation during the trial period, there was almost unanimous support for the scheme itself.

“I am pleased that the five major proposals outlined in my Emergency Motion were included in the final resolution and will be addressed by Dublin City Council as part of the final package.

“These include the traffic and environmental measures requested by Phibsborough Residents to offset the adverse impact of the closure, ignalling and other traffic measures required to reduce traffic delays on adjoining streets, particularly on the North Circular Road, Prussia Street and Aughrim Street.

“[Other measures include] traffic measures to deal with rat-running on to local adjoining streets, measures to ensure integration with the NTA/BusConnects plans for the Blanchardstown Bus Corridor and to provide details of all consultation with the agencies involved, and public realm issues, including a review of planters/street furniture/public lighting/road surfacing and road markings.

“I will continue to pursue these issues to ensure that the Grangegorman Filtered Permeability is a successful initiative.”

Independent councillor Nial Ring said that he believes that the concerns of those both in favour of and opposing the scheme will be best served by the proposal agreed today.

Cllr Ring said: “This morning we were given a full report on the trial with a recommendation that the filtered permeability be made permanent but with a 12-18 month review period.

“There was a long debate on the issue and in the end we agreed on the Emergency motion,

“I believe the concerns of those opposing the scheme as well as the positives articulated by supporters of the scheme are best served by this proposal.”

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