Friday 9 December 2016

More chaos for Dublin road users as major road to close during bus strike

Published 19/09/2016 | 13:08

The James Larkin Road (from Clontarf Road/Mount Prospect Road to Causeway Road)
The James Larkin Road (from Clontarf Road/Mount Prospect Road to Causeway Road)

A major Dublin road will be closed next month, adding to the chaos on roads as the Dublin Bus strikes loom.

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The James Larkin Road (from Clontarf Road/Mount Prospect Road to Causeway Road) will be closed from Monday October 10 until Monday October 24.

Two other roads along the Clontarf Road – from junction Mount Prospect Avenue to Dollymount Avenue and from junction Dollymount Avenue to the Wooden Bridge will also be closed.

These two closures will allow for limited local access to homes only and no through traffic.

The road closures come as Dublin City Council aims to complete the €5m Clontarf City Cycle path which has been under construction since May 2015.

Independent Councillor Damian O'Farrell said it's "vital" that road users are notified well in advance of the closures.

"I believe it is vital that residents and commuters are informed of these road closures well in advance and that all available resources are concentrated to complete the work as quickly as possible to minimise the inevitable major traffic disruption.

"I know that local community groups including Clontarf Residents Association, Clontarf Business Association, Save Our Seafront, and Dublin Bay Watch have been working actively on this in a voluntary capacity over many months and will be doing their utmost to support residents and circulate information and soon as it comes to hand."

AA Roadwatch said that as the road closures affect primary roads, road users across the city "should expect added disruption" due to the closures.

"From previous experience the first days of major works are usually the busiest as people may not be aware of them; and with Dublin Bus also due to strike on Monday 10th Oct, this will further add to things. A further five days of strike action are expected to take place during the timeframe of the works," an AA spokesperson told Independent.ie.

The spokesperson said that road users should prepare for delays, "especially on strike days".

"One of the benefits for the area in question is that there are DART services available for commuters at Howth, Sutton, Bayside and Kilbarrack which may convince would be motorists to take alternative transport during this time.

"The best advice we can give to people is to plan any journeys in advance, leave extra time for their journeys and ultimately if stuck in traffic, to be patient."

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