Traffic woes continue for Swords motorists

by Sylvia Pownall

MOTORISTS in Swords will have to endure another three months of disruption thanks to road works to facilitate the proposed new runway at Dublin Airport.
The Forest Road was due to reopen this week but a section of the route will now be closed to all traffic until September 29.
In a statement, the airport authority revealed that there will be no access to the southern end of the L2025 while the realignment work is ongoing.
It stated: “During the course of these works unforeseen ground conditions were encountered which has necessitated further works.
“To this end, an application is being made to Fingal County Council for permission to keep the southern end of the Forest Road closed until 29 September.”
Local access only is permitted – and the diversion is causing anger among residents of Ridgewood and River Valley.
One irate motorist posted online: “It’s disgraceful they should be ashamed of themselves. It’s a nightmare already as it is with the road being closed for months without extending it by another two-and-a-half months.
“I suppose residents will be lucky if it’s finished by Christmas at best.”
Seperately the DAA’s chief communications officer Paul O’Kane told a Brexit conference at the weekend that planning restrictions limiting night flights on the new runway would result in 17,000 fewer jobs being created.
Three legal actions against the 3km air strip being built will be heard in the Commercial Court in October.
Meanwhile Fingal County Council is advising of road disruptions on the back road in Malahide for the next ten weeks to facilitate the construction of a pedestrian bridge.
The pedestrian walkway over the main Dublin-Belfast line will take a major step forward when a precast concrete beam is lifted into position on July 15.
A council spokesperson said: “The lift will result in temporary traffic restrictions along Back Road and from Monday, July 10 to Thursday, September 21, there will be a single traffic lane in operation at the Back Road railway bridge.
“The upper car park at Malahide Castle will be closed from July 10 to July 21 inclusive in order to facilitate the erection and dismantling of the crane that will perform the beam lift.”
Up to date information on rail line closures and traffic management systems will be available during construction from Fingal County Council’s twitter feed @fingalcoco.

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