Minister Josepha Madigan and Cllr Lynsey McGovern

There are calls for urgent construction of the Leopardstown Link Road after a substantial housing development got the green light.

Planners gave the go ahead for the construction of 341 housing units and a childcare facility near the Glencairn Luas stop, which was fast-tracked as a designated Strategic Housing Development.

Local Minister and Dublin Rathdown TD Josepha Madigan has called for progress on the planned Leopardstown Link Road, as part of improved transport links in the area to avoid traffic chaos.

“Good planning principles mean that such a development should be accompanied by improved transport infrastructure to avoid increased traffic pressures.”

“The Leopardstown Link Road is already part of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Development Plan and should take precedence with the news of this development. Such measures are important to avoid traffic chaos both during and after construction.

“In addition, I would like to see a feasibility study into the ability of local bus and Luas links to handle the increased capacity, along with appropriate community facilities.

“I will be raising this issue with transport providers and with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council,” said Minister Madigan.

Local councillor Lynsey McGovern also highlighted the importance of better transport links for the local area as well as community facilities.

“Glencairn, Sandyford, and the surrounding areas are seeing big population increases and it is important that local transport links are able to handle this.

“In addition, it is vital that the necessary community facilities such as playgrounds and green spaces are provided as part of this development, said Cllr McGovern.

Local Councillor Lettie Mc Carthy (LAB) told Dublin Gazette transport infrastructure needs to be priority.

“It is very worrying to see the rate of planning applications being granted in advance of necessary transport infrastructure.

“Luas has reached peak time capacity and there appears to be no plan as to how it will cope as Cherrywood develops.

“The planned road works in the general area will create mayhem over the next few years and we are still in the dark regarding Metro proposal.”

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber’s President, Aileen Eglington said new affordable housing is welcomed but transport needs to be looked at.

“We are already seeing huge strains on the Luas system, and this must be addressed in terms of public transport both for Luas and Bus.

“We have already seen some ridiculous proposals re a hub system for Bus Connects which does not deliver people to Dublin to work. Infrastructure needs to be delivered first in my view.”