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"This intersection that has an enormous impact on traffic flow in both directions of the Merrion Gates. This traffic gridlock has been evident for many years and as a Councillor, I have previously raised this issue with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. As a result, I welcome the decision by the National Transporation Authority (NTA) to publish proposals to try and alleviate the main issue around this particular junction"

As a result, Cllr. Devlin is encouraging all regular commuters and local residents alike to view the proposals being put forward by the National Transporation Authority INTA) to try and rectify the daily gridlock in and around the Merrion Gate / Rock Road area.

This study being published began as a fresh assessment of the possible layout for a cycle way and walking route around the Merrion Gate area and to re-evaluate the environmental issues and cost factors. Because the route effectively overlaps the Rock Road and Merrion Road, the NTA thought it should also take the opportunity to consider in more integrated terms, the full transport needs along this corridor.

The Emerging Preferred Scheme seeks to provide a comprehensive solution to a complex set of transport needs, in a way that will deliver real benefits to bus and rail passengers, cyclists, pedestrians, and all road users.

The benefits of the scheme include:
* Improved safety for all road users, especially cyclists
* A cross-city cycling and pedestrian amenity for use by locals and visitors alike
* Improved travel times for buses and for cars
* Improved rail service by eliminating risk caused by accidents and near-misses at Merrion Gates
* Protection and enhancement of the local marine environment

Features of the scheme include:
* Continuous pedestrian and cycle route from Irishtown to Seapoint
* The completion of the Blackrock to City Centre Pedestrian and Cycle Route, as part of the East Coast Trail
* Permanent closure of the Merrion Gate level crossing
* A realignment of Strand Road incorporating a new bridge over the train track, about 250 meters to the north of the Merrion Gate
* Provision for significantly improved bus priority measures, particularly along the Merrion Road
* A fully renewed road corridor with road surfacing, lane markings, pedestrian crossing and signage, benefitting all road users

Submissions can be made for free either online or by post. "I would urge people who travel this route by car, bus, bike or on foot to view the proposed reports and drawings below and make a free submission prior to Tuesday 31st January at 5pm"

You can ciew the maps and drawings below:

The Public Consultation Document for the Sandymount / Merrion Road to Blackrock Corridor Study: Click here

Part A. Coastal Cycle Route No. 13E / East Coast Trail

Part B. Merrion Road / Rock Road Cycle Route No. 13

Part C1 Coastal Cycle Route Options (DRAWINGS)

Part C2 Merrion Road / Rock Road Cycle Route Options (DRAWINGS)

Part C3 Coastal Emerging Preferred Cycle Route (DRAWINGS)

Part C4 Merrion Road / Rock Road Emerging Preferred Cycle Route (BEST VISUAL SATELITE DRAWINGS)

Part D Appendices

Submissions and observations muse be made before 5pm on Tuesday 31st January and can be made via the NTA website by clicking here

Or by email:

Or by post:
National Transport Authority
c/o Merrion Gate Public Consultation
Dún Scéine
Iveagh Court
Harcourt Lane
Dublin 2 D02 WT20

Please note that all submissions and observations received will be taken into consideration before the finalisation of the Strategy. All submissions must include the full name and address of the person making the submission and where relevant the name of the body or organisation represented. Please note that submissions are subject to Freedom of Information Act and submissions may be published on this website.
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