WHILE other major road projects have fallen victim of the recession, a plan to build a new link road on the fringes between Fingal and Dublin City has been welcomed.
Cllr. Peter Coyle (Lab) welcomed the project, saying: 'A number of formerly proposed road infrastructural changes between Portmarnock and Dublin City have been shelved because of the recession and implementation problems. 'Among these are the realignment of the Moyne Road (with an over railway bridge and new junction on the Coast Road). Another project shelved is the Malahide re-alignment road scheme which would provide a by-pass at Balgriffin. 'However, I'm pleased to note that one project that is very much back on the agenda for advancing, is the proposed new link road from the Drumnigh Road/Moyne Road junction to the realigned Hole in the Wall Road.' Cllr. Coyle explained: ' This route is very much used by traffic going to and from Portmarnock and Malahide. In the Dublin City area the road realignment has been constructed, although not operational or taken-in-charge by the City Council yet. 'In the network there is also a new road (parallel to the Moyne/Balgriffin Roads), which runs up via Belmayne and links to the Malahide Road.' He added: ' The plans for the Hole-inthe-Wall Road are to build a new bridge over the Moyne River and onwards towards Drumnigh Road. 'Negotiations are taking place between Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council to complete the link. The detailed design is being worked out. It is hoped that this project could go out for tender later in 2013.' According to Cllr. Coyle, the provision of this new link road will address the current difficulties for traffic at two junctions on the Moyne Road (Drumnigh Road R124 junction and the existing Hole-in-the-Wall junction). 'Given the volume of traffic in this North City Fringe area, the new link road will be very welcome,' he said.