Expert to put brakes on local traffic chaos

by Gazette Reporter

RESIDENTS of Ballinteer and surrounding areas of the Glencullen-Sandyford ward will be glad to hear that their local traffic woes may be coming to an end as Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has appointed a traffic consultant to undertake a full route assessment of Ballinteer Road and review all the issues relating to adjoining residential access and egress.
A number of requests were received by the traffic section of the council, from councillors and residents, asking that a scheme be developed to address traffic and pedestrian safety concerns along Ballinteer Road from the junction of Ballinteer Avenue to the junction with Brehon Field Road.
According to a spokesperson from the council: “This item was also raised, as a motion, at the Dundrum Planning and Transportation and Water Services Area Committee meeting in February 2013.
“The traffic section acknowledged the need to advance this scheme, due to the volume of traffic using this route.
“While the council was not in a position to progress this scheme in the interim, a traffic consultant has just been appointed to undertake a full route assessment and review all the issues relating to adjoining residential access/egress.”
The consultant will also undertake traffic surveys and prepare design proposals, which will be presented to the elected members.
Consultation will also take place with the local residents’ associations. It is intended to proceed to construction/implementation in early 2015.
Cllr Neale Richmond (FG) welcomed the news saying: “I have been making representations to the council’s traffic section for more than five years asking them to introduce measures to ease the congestion on Ballinteer Road.
“In turn this congestion has major knock on effects on surrounding areas with rat running in Woodpark, tail backs on Brehon Field Road and major difficulties from residents of Woodpark, Delbrook Manor/Park, College Park and Clonlea having major difficulties accessing and exiting their estates.
“I am delighted that the council has appointed a traffic consultant to review all these issues. The consultant will also undertake traffic surveys and prepare design proposals. These design proposals will be presented to the elected members and consultation will also take place with the local resident associations.
“These proposals will then be developed into full design drawings. Tender documents will also be prepared, with the intention of proceeding to construction/implementation in early 2015, It should be noted that all works will be subject to available funding.”
Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) has had regular calls from residents voicing their frustrations with the traffic situation in the area, which has been ongoing for some time.
She said: “I’m thrilled about this.
“There were a few residents, especially in Delbrook, who would have been in touch with me practically every month last year looking for work to be done there.
“It is very dangerous in terms of all the estates that are off it.
“It’s obviously a very busy road so there has to be a more imaginative way of keeping the traffic flowing on the one hand, but on the other hand allowing people safety to exit and enter their estates.
“I have had a lot of motions, and done a lot of council work on that during the last council term, so I was delighted to see that happen.”

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