Notice of temporary closure – Ashtown level crossing

Notice from Fingal County Council…

It is proposed to temporarily close Ashtown Road at the level crossing from 8.00 p.m. on Friday 6th May 2016 to 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 8th May 2016 to facilitate the carrying out of maintenance works by Iarnród Eireann at this location.
 The alternative route available is via River Road, Dunsink Lane and Navan Road (N3).

Pedestrian access will be maintained.
Any interested person may lodge an objection in writing with Mick Carroll, Administrative Officer, Castleknock Mulhuddart Operational Area, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, to arrive no later than 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday 20th April 2016.

Upcoming Phoenix Park events – Ironman

On Sunday 9th August the Ironman event will take place in Dublin. Part of the event will centre around the Phoenix Park, resulting in some diversions, road and gate closures. Details are in the following links.,34870,en.html

Dublin City Transport Study

A consultation is underway to determine the future for transport in Dublin City. All aspects are being considered, bus, rail, Luas routes as well as facilities for cyclists and pedestrians for the period 2015-2023. 

The link to the study and FAQs is here. Navan Road Community Council has noted that it would appear that the proposed bus route from Navan Road into the city centre will run via Prussia St, across Queen St bridge up to Thomas St and Christchurch. It also appears that there will be no direct bus route into O’Connell Street such as that presently available via the 38 and 122 services. The intention is that commuters link up with Luas lines to access other areas of the north side. Below is a link to a blog post by Donal O’Brolcháin of Drumcondra which has various criticisms of the plan, not least that even the new Luas line from Broombridge completely avoids the North Central core economic area. Amenities such as the Mater Hospital and Croke Park will not be easily accessible.

The closing date for submissions is 7th August. This is your chance to respond and give your opinion on the future of transport in Dublin City. Details and questionnaires are available at all public libraries and local Dublin City Council offices. Already 1300 responses have been received online. 

Ashtown Roundabout 

The issue of safety for both pedestrians and motorists at the Ashtown Roundabout is one which we have been pursuing for several years.  Anyone driving through it regularly will be familiar with having to slow down to let pedestrians cross at the Halfway House. People of all ages, mums with buggies, school-children and the elderly all have to take their lives into their hands to get across the main N3 safely.

The roundabout is under the ownership of both Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council. We have written to both on several occasions to, at the very least, talk to each other about the future of this junction. Fingal Co Co’s only response is to plan for a pedestrian crossing across the dual carriageway at the racecourse. Dublin City Council’s last response was to put all plans on hold pending the outcome of consultations on the proposed new Bus Rapid Transit from Blanchardstown to the city centre. The Bus Rapid Transport corridor is unlikely to happen for several years.

The National Roads Authority wrote in 2009 in relation to development at Pelletstown and recommended that the junction revert to a crossroads with a four-way pedestrian crossing. We on the council believe that this is the best option and will continue to bring the matter up with local representatives.