Roads upgrade at Liffey Valley

by Ian Begley

A MAJOR programme of junction improvements at the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre has begun, its focus being to minimise traffic disruption and improve pedestrian/cycle accessibility.
The works, which got under way earlier this week, will improve the roads around the shopping centre to eight roundabouts and junctions as required by the planning permission outlined for the current extension to Liffey Valley shopping centre.
Up to 450 full and part-time jobs will be created via the €26m extension of Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. This investment itself is expected to attract a new Penneys store, six new restaurants, a cinema upgrade and a new civic space in the centre. The project is expected to create up to 225 construction employment opportunities during the development phase along with the 450 jobs upon completion.
The road work plans include new pedestrian crossing facilities at the Arc Bar and Fonthill/Coldcut roundabouts; turning lanes approaching the Fonthill/Coldcut roundabout and on the slip road from the N4 to Hermitage Clinic roundabout; traffic light improvements at the B&Q/Coldcut Road junction; and improvements to internal roundabouts.
Clonmel Enterprises has been appointed contractor for the works which are due to last 10 weeks.
Lucan’s Cllr William Lavelle (FG) welcomed the development, saying: “These works are a condition of the planning permission for the extension to the shopping centre which is currently under construction.
“I have been briefed by the shopping centre manager on the planned road works.
“I welcome the planned works to improve traffic flow at Fonthill Road as this area regularly suffers from severe traffic tailbacks. I also welcome the planned improvements to pedestrian/cycle accessibility.
“The Arc Bar roundabout is famously one of the most difficult roundabouts in Dublin to cross for pedestrians. These works will greatly improve safety in the area as well as promoting more walking and cycling locally.
“I have been advised that the contractor is working with South Dublin County Council and Ronanstown gardai on traffic management plans for the duration of the works.
“I am told that works will generally be limited to off-peak time to minimise traffic disruption, particularly as schools will be back in two weeks’ time,” said Cllr Lavelle.
As part of the Liffey Valley extension a new Western End facade will be constructed and reconfigurations will be made to the existing VUE Cinema in which planning permission for the development was granted in 2013.
Liffey Valley has partnered with John Sisk and Son to roll out the project as quickly as possible to deliver the jobs and business benefits that will come from the expansion.
The expected timeframe for the completion of the works will see the cinema upgrade open in autumn 2015, with the new Penneys due to open in late 2016.

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