Dublin Bay South

Metro – Updated Timelines

Posted August 31st, 2018

I was in touch with the NTA (National Transport Authority) today to get the latest information on the Metro proposal.

The original plan was for the updated ‘preferred route’ to be announced in August. Due to the level of submissions received and issues that have had to be considered, it is approximated that another 4 to 6 weeks will be required to go through those issues and consider alternatives. Once this work is done, it will likely take another month before the information will be collated in a publishable format.

It is expected that the next stage of the process – the ‘preferred route’ being published and the second round of public consultation – will take place some time in November 2018.

I will be meeting with the NTA at the end of September to get an update.

I will share more information as it becomes available.

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6 July 2018

I know that there has been a lot of concern surrounding the MetroLink proposal that was recently announced – I share these concerns and agree that we must find an alternative solution. I believe that Dublin needs a Metro, and we need extra capacity on the Green Line, but both of these objectives can be achieved without dividing the neighbourhood, which is my chief concern.

I have raised the matter with both the Minister for Finance and the Taoiseach. I have also met with consultants in the area of transport planning. Last week I met with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to discuss the project.

I can confirm that the NTA and TII are looking seriously at alternative options that will not see the community segregated at either the Beechwood or Cowper LUAS stops – that is, new proposals that will see both cars and people being able to continue to cross the line at Beechwood and people to be able to continue to cross the line at Cowper without any major disruption to current movement patterns.

I requested that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport meet with representatives of the community to hear about concerns with the current proposal, before an updated ‘preferred route’ is produced. The Committee have agreed to this request. I will also be meeting with residents’ groups next week to discuss the situation further.

See details about timelines & process here.

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17 May 2018

We have had a lot of representations about this and people are very concerned about the potential changes, as am I. My team met with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and have been in regular contact with them regarding these concerns.

I do not think that the proposal for south of Charlemont St. is viable; I believe that it would have a disproportionately negative impact on the community, particularly for the large and demographically diverse population in the Ranelagh area, notwithstanding the significant numbers that travel through the area.

An alternative solution needs to be found and I have expressed this view to TII. I believe that given the obvious problems with the proposed closure of access from Beechwood Road to Dunville Avenue, a different proposal will have to be fully examined and put forward.

If you would like to have a look at my formal submission, go here.

 

Terenure Family Fun Day

Posted August 28th, 2018

The annual I Love Terenure 2030 Annual Family Fun Day is back on Saturday 8th Sept 2018 in Bushy Park. The Market will start at 10am and the festivities will begin from 1pm.

There will be lots to entertain: zip lines, bouncy castles, music and circus action! This will be a good day out for all of the family.

For more information, go here.

Fitzwilliam Cycle Route – Info Evening

Posted August 27th, 2018

The proposed Fitzwillaim Cycle Route, which would be the first ‘parking protected cycle lane’ in the country, is a 1k route extending from Leeson St to Mount St Lower. It is expected that there will be a public consultation on the scheme in September, with construction beginning in early 2019.

Dublin City Council will be holding a public information evening where members of the design team will be on hand to discuss the project. It will take place on Thursday, 30th August from 6-8pm in the Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

For further information, go here. The agenda for the evening is here.

Bus Changes – Info Sessions

Posted August 23rd, 2018

A lot of people are unclear about what the Dublin Bus changes will mean for them – information sessions are being held around Dublin. I would suggest attending one of the sessions or following the link below to find out more.

Two will be held in the constituency:

  •  – The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road on the 31st August, 2 – 8pm
  •  – The Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road on the 11th September, 3 – 7pm

 

For full details of the sessions, go here.

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3rd August 2018

The National Transport Authority are currently redesigning the bus network in Dublin. There will be very significant changes made to the bus routes, frequency and accessibility – the entire network will be changed.

I would  encourage you to take a look at the plans and see how this may affect you. A public consultation is currently open to give your feedback. The consultation closes on 28th September 2018.

You can find out more and register your feedback here.

Plays in the Park

Posted August 17th, 2018

Merrion Square, Dartmouth Square and Ranelagh will host some Shakespearean fun next week. The Ranelagh Arts Centre will be putting on their version of ‘The Comedy of Errors’ from Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th.

This new version has country and western theme in small-town Ireland with songs including Stand by Your Man, Friends in Low Places, Rhinestone Cowboy and 9 to 5.

For full information, go here.

Cambridge Road Refurbishment

Posted August 13th, 2018

Do you live in Ringsend / Irishtown? Have any ideas about how Library Square should be used? A public workshop has been arranged for Thursday 30th August 2018 at 7.30pm at the Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre, Thorncastle Street.

The Ringsend Irishtown Local Environment Improvement Plan (LEIP) was adopted at the June 2017 South East Area Committee meeting. Proposals for works at Library Square and Cambridge Road have now been included in the Capital Works Programme 2018-2020.

All members of public who have an interest in the development are welcome to attend. For the development of the design they are looking for as many ideas and suggestions as possible.

For more information, go here.

Bus Network Redesign

Posted August 3rd, 2018

The National Transport Authority are currently redesigning the bus network in Dublin. There will be very significant changes made to the bus routes, frequency and accessibility – the entire network will be changed.

I would  encourage you to take a look at the plans and see how this may affect you. A public consultation is currently open to give your feedback. The consultation closes on 28th September 2018.

You can find out more and register your feedback here.

Metro Update

Posted July 6th, 2018

 

I know that there has been a lot of concern surrounding the MetroLink proposal that was recently announced – I share these concerns and agree that we must find an alternative solution. I believe that Dublin needs a Metro, and we need extra capacity on the Green Line, but both of these objectives can be achieved without dividing the neighbourhood, which is my chief concern.

I have raised the matter with both the Minister for Finance and the Taoiseach. I have also met with consultants in the area of transport planning. Last week I met with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to discuss the project.

I can confirm that the NTA and TII are looking seriously at alternative options that will not see the community segregated at either the Beechwood or Cowper LUAS stops – that is, new proposals that will see both cars and people being able to continue to cross the line at Beechwood and people to be able to continue to cross the line at Cowper without any major disruption to current movement patterns.

I requested that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport meet with representatives of the community to hear about concerns with the current proposal, before an updated ‘preferred route’ is produced. The Committee have agreed to this request. I will also be meeting with residents’ groups next week to discuss the situation further.

See details about timelines & process here.

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17 May 2018

We have had a lot of representations about this and people are very concerned about the potential changes, as am I. My team met with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and have been in regular contact with them regarding these concerns.

I do not think that the proposal for south of Charlemont St. is viable; I believe that it would have a disproportionately negative impact on the community, particularly for the large and demographically diverse population in the Ranelagh area, notwithstanding the significant numbers that travel through the area.

An alternative solution needs to be found and I have expressed this view to TII. I believe that given the obvious problems with the proposed closure of access from Beechwood Road to Dunville Avenue, a different proposal will have to be fully examined and put forward.

If you would like to have a look at my formal submission, go here.

Youth Creativity Day

Posted June 21st, 2018

Lots of creative activities will be happening across the community tomorrow, Saturday 23 June 2018, as part of Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg. It is a national day of creativity for children and young people on Saturday June 23rd, 2018, and Dublin has fantastic things planned! 

 

There will be picnics, miniature landscaping, trad music, archaeology and more.

 

The focus for Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 is on activities taking place in the city’s suburbs, neighbourhoods and villages, enabling young people to access creativity where they live, in their communities, with their friends and family.

 

For details of what’s going on locally, go here (for Ballsbridge / Ringsend) and here (for South City).

 

For more info on the initiative, go here.

Merrion Flyover Cancelled

Posted May 31st, 2018

The National Transport Authority (NTA) sent a report to Dublin City Council last week with the recommendation that the Merrion Gate flyover not proceed at the moment.

The public consultation for the proposal ran from October 2016 to January 2017. In response to the public consultation the NTA received 680 submissions – the main issue raised was the flyover at Merrion Church concerning 49% of the submissions.

‘In the circumstances of the response to the public consultation and the issues that it identified, it would appear that the NTA has taken the view that the proposal to build a flyover at Merrion Church is now redundant, at least in the short term, until such time as an alternative scheme can be put together.’

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8th March 2017

I have been in touch with the National Transport Authority (NTA) to get an update on the status of the proposal.

There were 700 submissions received during the public consultation phase, one of the highest amount for any public consultations carried out by the NTA. Due to the large numbers of submissions, the review will be going on well into April.

A consultation report will be produced at the end of the review. Following this the NTA will make its recommendation on whether to go ahead with the plan, amend the current plan or suggest something different. There will be further public consultation at that stage.

We will keep you updated on any further details as they become available.

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20 December 2016

The consultation period for the National Transport Authority traffic proposal has been extended until the 31st January 2017.

To find details of the proposals and how you can make a submission, see below.

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8 November 2016

I have been in touch with the National Transport Authority (NTA) to request that  a public information evening be held to discuss the proposed traffic management plan for the Merrion Gates area (see more on this below).

They have agreed to hold two meetings on the 22nd and 23rd November 2016 in the Tara Towers Hotel from 7 – 9.30pm.

For more information on the meetings and details on how to submit feedback to the plan, see a note I circulated here.

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27 October 2016

The National Transport Authority (NTA) have come up with proposals to ease the worsening traffic issues in the Merrion Gate area, likely to become more acute as the frequency of the DART  increases. They want to hear your thoughts on this.

The aim of the proposals is to deliver benefits to bus and rail passengers, cyclists, pedestrians, and all road users.  A bridge for vehicles would be built along with an underpass for pedestrians and cyclists.

The plan would allow for the completion of the East Coast Trail including a two way cycle track from the city centre to Blackrock and also suggests a boardwalk along Sandymount Strand.

Read an RTE article on the topic here.

You can see the full NTA plan and give your feedback here. The closing date for submissions is 16th December 2016.

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