Major traffic plan put in place from this week near Dublin airport

by Sylvia Pownall

A major traffic plan for a busy route near Dublin Airport comes into operation from this week as works to lay a new jet fuel pipe continue.

The second phase of construction on the pipeline at Stockhole Lane/Clonshaugh Road got under way on Monday, with a traffic plan in place for the next three months.

The €20m project is designed to provide a “sustainable” means of aviation fuel supply to Dublin Airport, replacing tanker deliveries with a 14.4km steel pipe tunnelled from Dublin Port to the airport.

The pipeline will remove more than 30,000 fuel tanker trips each year from public roads, with significant environmental benefits including a reduction in traffic volumes, emissions, accidents, road damage and noise.

The pipe will dissect a busy residential belt of north Dublin including East Wall, Fairview, Marino, Clontarf, Artane, Coolock, Darndale, Clarehall and Burnell.

Fingal County Council (FCC) confirmed that a stop-go traffic system will operate until this Friday, February 28 from 10am to 4pm at Stockhole Lane, between the Clayton Hotel and Baskin Lane.

From next Monday, March 2, the southbound lane will be closed between the Clayton Hotel and Baskin Lane to allow traffic to travel north.

Southbound traffic will be diverted via Baskin Lane, the R107 (Malahide Road) and the R139.

A council spokesperson said: “The diversion route will be signposted and the lane closure will be monitored closely by FCC’s traffic section and managed on an ongoing basis.

“Works are expected to last 10 to 12 weeks, subject to favourable conditions.

“Local access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times.”

Permitted working hours for the pipe-laying project are from 7am to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 6pm on Saturdays.

A reduced traffic management layout with associated traffic lights and tower lights will remain in place outside of the working hours.

Contractors GMC Utilities Ltd have undertaken an extensive liaison process with all residents and businesses affected by the works and say they will continue to do so.

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