[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A councillor driven to launch a petition calling on South Dublin County Council to reinstate a roundabout has described Knocklyon’s traffic problem as “unprecedented”.
The online petition set up last week by Cllr Deirdre O’Donovan (IND) has already received almost 4,000 signatures from locals demanding the council reinstate the two lanes approaching the Orlagh Roundabout in Knocklyon.
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 and local commuters are “livid” according to Cllr O Donovan.
“When the work started in the summer we were told it would be finished by the time the children went back to school.
“It’s now December and it’s still not finished, people are absolutely livid.
“The roundabout worked perfectly fine beforehand, now the road has been narrowed so much residents have been telling me of near misses with some lorries and buses having to drive on the path
“They’ve made it impossible for motorists and the affect on traffic in Knocklyon has been catastrophic.
“A local business has told me their trade is down because of the traffic gridlock.
“Even on a Saturday afternoon there’s twenty minute tailbacks up to the roundabout.
“During these tailbacks even ambulances on their way to Tallaght Hospital can’t get through.
“The roundabout needs to be put back the way it was.”
Cllr O Donovan said local residents are also fearful for the future with further developments in the area planned.
“There is planning for a further 4,000 houses around Knocklyon but the infrastructure isn’t even adequate to deal with the present population.
“This problem is unprecedented in Knocklyon, it’s now unworkable.
“This is a tipping point for local residents, there is no confidence things aren’t going to get worse.
“It makes sense that the council want to build a cycle lane so kids can cycle to school, St Colmcille’s is one of the biggest primary schools in Europe.
“But what they’ve done to the road and the roundabout is all for the sake of a few kids to go to school.”
In response to enquiries about the traffic problems in Knocklyon, the council said:
“The council acknowledges that there are currently delays at the Orlagh Roundabout which is causing public disquiet.
“There is currently a temporary traffic management system in place at the roundabout which is necessary for the protection of the workers and public alike.
“This has the effect of narrowing the road to less than what it will be in the permanent works.
“The road surfacing is as yet incomplete and is therefore lower than its permanent state.
“Consequently, HGV’s/buses etc are not as yet using the inner apron.
“It is widely accepted that delays are caused in roadworks situation due to drivers slowing down to view the works.
“It is not possible to construct a scheme of the scale and nature such as this scheme in such a narrow corridor without causing some disruption to traffic
“Finally, the road works are not as yet complete so it would be premature at this stage to suggest that the redesign doesn’t work.
“The works however, are scheduled to be completed before Christmas. These works will then be monitored to ensure they work satisfactorily.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]