Thumbs up for Swiftway changes

by Gazette Reporter

MANY Swords residents can breathe a collective sigh of relief as the preferred route for the bus rapid transit Swiftway has been changed.
The route will no longer go across the green open spaces at Pine Grove, Mooretown, Broadmeadows, Castlefarm (behind JC’s supermarket) and Castlegrange, which was a cause for concern for many residents in the area.
The newly proposed route will now start on the Glen Ellan Extension Road in the north-west of Swords, continuing along Glen Ellan Road, Balheary Road and Castlegrange Road with stops provided at Oldtown, Applewood, Jugback Lane and Castlegrange Road.
From Castlegrange Road, the preferred route follows the R132, with stops provided at the Estuary, Seatown, Malahide Road and Pinnock Hill junctions.
From Swords, the preferred route continues along the R132, stopping at Airside, serving the River Valley area and Airside Retail Park.
It is anticipated that services from Swords will stop at an airport stop located on the R132 with a separate service to/from the city centre, terminating within the airport campus.
From the airport, the preferred route follows the R132, with a future stop proposed at Dardistown. A stop will be located at the entrance to Northwood to cater for existing residential and employment demand in the area.
Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) who was opposed to the original route, congratulated all those who made submissions.
“Whilst I welcome a more agreeable Swords Swiftway route, this simply cannot become a replacement or consolation prize for Metro North.
“As far as I am concerned, Swiftway is only a short-term solution and ultimately Metro North or a similar light rail solution is required for linking Swords and Dublin Airport to Dublin city centre. We all need to keep up the pressure in this regard.
“This proposed scheme is on display until Tuesday, November 25 during which time submissions can be made. Ultimately, final plans will be confirmed in Quarter 1 of 2015,” he said.
In a social media post, The Re-Route the Swiftway group – that was set up to oppose the proposed route – said: “[It] seems like our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. NO WAY for Swiftway through the green. Thanks a ton to all who helped and participated in the campaign.”
Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) said that the new proposed route along the Glen Ellan Extension Road was not a bad choice, considering that it is a main distributor road.
He said: “Behind JC’s [supermarket] about 15 to 20 years ago there was a thoroughfare road that was made a cul-de-sac at the request of residents.
“The proposal to bring the Swiftway down that way obviously would have opened that up again, and I don’t think people were particularly pleased about that. This will clearly alleviate some of the concerns that people have.”

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