Traffic woes on Pigeon House Road worsen for Ringsend locals

by Rachel Darcy

A residential road in Ringsend – Pigeon House Road – has become plagued by traffic congestion woes, according to a local Facebook page.

Residents on the road, near the East Link Toll bridge, have said that the levels of traffic have led to hour-long tailbacks at busy periods.

Posts detail that traffic can begin along the residential street from around 3pm on weekdays, lasting through rush hour into the evenings.

Locals are calling for the road to be made access-only, with some saying that turning it into a cul de sac may also be the answer.

Grainne Hughes, who lives on the road, posted: “Every day it’s the same thing. I’ve lived on this road for most of my life; never seen it as bad as the last few years!

“Even the concerts at 10:30 at night [cause] all the cars jamming up the road. You can’t go anywhere or do anything in your car during these times. It’s an absolute joke! Nothing is changing at all.”

Others have said that due to the high volume of traffic at peak times, emergency services would have difficulty accessing homes along Pigeon House Road.

Piaras O’Ruanaidh said: “If there was ever a fire or emergency down there … in one of those houses at the times when peak traffic is at its heaviest, then it would be a tragedy, as they would find it very hard to get down to help those in need. It’s a recipe for a disaster.”

It’s believed that motorists are using Pigeon House Road as a rat-run in an attempt to avoid the busy Sean Moore road at peak times, and to access the East Link bridge.

Many residents fear that the traffic will progressively become worse, as hundreds of people move into the area following the development of homes at the old Irish Glass Bottle site.

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council told Dublin Gazette: “The council has received representations from elected members regarding congestion and traffic on Pigeon House road.

“These are currently being assessed. It is expected that a report will issue on the matter in late October or November.”

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