‘Livid’ locals protest over traffic chaos caused by new road layout

by Rebecca Ryan

Fed up locals are holding a protest against a new road layout at Orlagh roundabout in Knocklyon this Saturday.

The road, which was reduced to a single lane to create a cycle lane, is now suffering extreme tailbacks since construction work started in July.

Last December, Dublin Gazette reported that an online petition set up by Councillor Deirdre O’Donovan (IND) got a huge amount of support from locals demanding the council to reinstate the two lanes approaching the roundabout on Scholarstown Road.

Cllr O’Donovan said that local commuters are “livid” and that the road has been narrowed so much that residents have been telling her of near missus with some lorries and buses having to drive on the path.

“We are calling on SDCC, working on behalf of the NTA to Reinstate the Roundabout immediately,” said Cllr O’Donovan.

Declan Brady who is heading up the protest told Dublin Gazette that the massive tailbacks are a “major headache” for local residents.

“After months of work, and multiple late-night disruptions, the roundabout at Orlagh is still causing massive traffic problems in the Knocklyon area.

“To date, online petitions which have raised over 4,000 signatures have fallen on deaf ears.

“South Dublin County Council aren’t listening to concerns of residents who have voiced their discontent over multiple forums about the chaotic traffic this has caused.

“At this point, I believe that people mobilizing in the form of a peaceful protest and having people out demonstrating their dissatisfaction is the only way we will be heard.

“We want South Dublin County Council to listen to our concerns and to implement safe and efficient road and traffic systems that will scale to meet the growing population in the area.”

Locals will protest this Saturday, January 26, at Orlagh roundabout at 1pm.

For more details see https://www.facebook.com/events/360298527887532/?ti=ia

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