€1.8M for cycle, pedestrian & bus projects in D15 – Varadkar

Local TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has confirmed funding of €1.8 million for a range of walking, cycling and public transport projects in Dublin 15.


It means that work can start on the new cycle network planned for the Ongar-Castaheany area, and on the pedestrian crossing at the new Hansfield Station access road. Work will also start on the new cycle and footpath along the Royal Canal between Ashtown and Blanchardstown, while detailed plans are being drawn up for the two new cycle routes planned in Blanchardstown.


“I’m delighted to confirm this funding. The schemes will make it easier to leave the car at home and to walk, cycle or take public transport around Dublin 15. The new cycle routes and crossings in the Ongar-Castaheany area should be ready for use by next year. Work will also start this year on a pedestrian crossing at the new Hansfield Station access road, while planning has started on two new cycle routes in Blanchardstown. All of these projects will make a small, but significant difference to local residents,” Minister Varadkar said.


The projects were submitted by Fingal County Council to the National Transport Authority, which approved funding.


The projects in Dublin 15 include:


• Ongar Cycle Network – €1 million
Construction of Cycle Network in Ongar-Castaheany area, comprising: Toucan crossing at west end of Old Hansfield Road; pedestrian/cyclist facilities along western side of Hansfield Road; access to Scoil Pobail Setanta/Phibblestown Centre from North West; Littlepace/Castaheany, Rosedale/Hazelbury, Manorfields and Blackwood/Ongar roundabouts to be redesigned to improve cyclist and pedestrian movement.


• Royal Canal cycling – €500,000
Proposed use of Royal Canal within the Fingal County Council area as a pedestrian and cycle route. The allocation is for construction of the canal towpath to a high quality walking and cycling route between Ashtown and Blanchardstown.


• D15 Primary cycle routes – €100,000
Design and Development of two strategic cycle routes in Blanchardstown/D15 environs:
o Route 1 – commences at Blanchardstown Road North and encompasses the Waterville housing development/Mill Road, Main Street Blanchardstown, Castleknock Road, Laurel Lodge Road, Carpenterstown Avenue, Carpenterstown Park East, Carpenterstown Road, Riverwood Road, Old Navan Road, the Navan Road, and Auburn Avenue.
o Route 2 – commences at Littlepace Road and encompasses Huntstown Way, Blakestown Way, Blanchardstown Town Centre, Grove Road, Coolmine Road, Carpenterstown Road, College Road and White’s Road.


• Dublin – Maynooth Rail Level Crossing Project – €200,000
Design of replacement transport links and traffic management proposals required for the permanent closure of five rail level crossings on the Maynooth rail line and the completion of the part 8 process for the closure of the Porterstown level crossing including planning approval for a new footbridge at this location.


• Toucan Crossing Hansfield Road, Ongar – €45,000
Planning, design and construction of toucan crossing at the new Hansfield station access road.


• Pedestrian Crossing, Porters Road, Blanchardstown – €35,000
New crossing in Coolmine Industrial Estate to serve general pedestrians.


Other schemes in Fingal which will benefit D15


• Cycle Network Schemes – €250,000
Develop route, concept and preliminary designs for the main priority cycling routes within the Fingal area identified in the NTA Cycle Network study for the Greater Dublin Area.


• Traffic Ramps Renewal Programme – €100,000
Programme to renew and/or replace various ramps which have failed or deteriorated significantly.


• Bus lane Markings Renewal Programme – €100,000
Programme to renew bus lane markings on key bus corridors.


Date: 11. 2. 2013