‘Problem just going to get worse unless action taken’

by Padraig Conlon

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A local resident thinks he may have the solution to the ever growing traffic problem in Lucan village.

This year has seen traffic volumes increase and many local business owners have expressed fears congestion may have a detrimental effect on businesses in the village.

Lucan man Tom Newtown shared his idea with Dublin Gazette.

“I would relocate the toll booth between the Blanchardstown and Finglas junctions,” he said.

“Most of the traffic going through Lucan Village is going to Blanchardstown Industrial estate

and the traffic for the same industrial estate from the north side could branch off at Finglas

as it is very near the same Industrial estate.

“This would allow both areas access Blanchardstown avoiding the toll booth and would reduce traffic through Lucan Village as they would use the M50 with no toll charge.”

A member of Acra, a national organisation that represents the rights and interests of residents, Tom is very well known and respected through his work with public transport planning.

He also spent 40 years as a bus driver and was instrumental in implementing Quality Bus Corridors so he knows what he’s talking about.

“This awful problem is just going to get worse unless action is taken soon, at the moment we have almost 10,000 cars a day going through Lucan village,” he said.

“We have a land belt running from Rathcoole to Baldonnell, Lucan and Blanchardstown, what I would do is build a service road on this land.

“When I say this to the council they just say they don’t have the money or the funding yet this service road would pay for itself through small tolls.”

Local Independent councillor Liona O Toole described Mr Newton’s idea as “interesting”.

“Tom Newton is very vocal in the area and always comes forward with interesting points/ suggestions.

“I’ve had a number of people overtime remark on traffic issues in particular to Lucan village, including the possibility of making it a one way system.

“I find Tom’s idea an interesting one and would agree that the volume of traffic accessing Blanchardstown and surrounding areas is extremely high .

“Recently I visited both the centre and industrial estates including the well known hurling repair shop 65 Hurls.

“It is also a route used for the many sports clubs in the area of Blanchardstown, also aware that some Lucan schools use the book shop in the area mentioned as apart from Liffey Valley, we no longer have a local school/book shop.

“I could list many reasons why Lucan residents would make their way to Blanchardstown via Lucan village, and would be very interested in having an opportunity to raise this suggestion with the relevant persons and hearing their views on such a proposal.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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