Ramp repairs to get €50k funding boost

by Gazette Reporter
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Over €50,000 in funding has been awarded to Fingal County Council by the National Transport Authority (NTA) this month.
The funding will go towards the much-needed improvement and repair works to ramps across the Malahide and Howth areas.
The announcement was made at a recent council meeting and was welcomed by local Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG), who said it was good to see the council “significantly ramping up” their expenditure for this year.
The funding comes following recent examination of ramps in the Malahide and Howth areas and further to works completed in 2011 and 2012, a programme of remedial works to ramps has been identified.
The programme aims to address the deterioration of the surfacing on a number of traffic calming ramps, platforms and speed cushions throughout the area.
The works for 2013 will cost an estimated €50,520 and will include ramps located at the Grange Road at Lidl, Bayside Walk / Sutton Park, Sarto Park, Alden Road / Kilbarrack Road, the ramp at Kibarrack Road and Verbena Avenue, Brookstone Road, Dublin Street and Baldoyle Street and finally, the entrance to the Malahide Dart Station.
“The good news is that we received funding from the NTA in relation to ramp repairs countywide and the better news for this area is that we have secured almost 50% of the amount that was provided,” a spokesperson for the council said.
While Cllr Lavin said the funding was great news for the area, he said he particularly welcomes the works to the ramp located at Malahide Dart Station.
“I want to welcome the works that are being done and I would like if possible that the works at Malahide Dart Station be brought forward so it might be completed before the Tidy Towns judging begins,” he said.
The council has yet to confirm exact dates for the repairs but according to the council spokesperson, it is hoped to have repairs in place before the return to school in the autumn.
While local representatives welcomed the news, Cllr Peter Coyle (Lab) said he was “disappointed” that Portmarnock had not featured on the list of proposed works.
According to the councillor, the Carrickhill Rise platform ramp, which was included in last year’s ramp works, was only half completed in 2012 and remaining a danger to pedestrians using it.
“I’m not happy that the completion of the ramp was not included in the programme,” he said.
“Portmarnock was not included in the list and I think that’s wrong. The ramp that was 50% done is still a danger to pedestrians who are crossing it.”
In response, the council moved to include the Carrickhill Rise Platform in the tender process, which is due to be sent out in coming weeks.

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