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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Work begins on Holywell road

John Manning

Published 11/03/2014 | 05:32

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Heavy traffic on the Holywell road.

WORK has finally begun on the long-awaited Holywell Link Road which began construction last Thursday and is set to deliver some relief to residents that have seen heavy traffic snake through the Swords estate for years.

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WORK has finally begun on the long-awaited Holywell Link Road which began construction last Thursday and is set to deliver some relief to residents that have seen heavy traffic snake through the Swords estate for years.

Last week, Fingal County Council's planning department confirmed that work would begin on the road last Thursday.

The €1 million (excluding VAT) contract for its construction has been awarded to Clonmel Enterprises Limited, Newhall, Naas, Co. Kildare, and the scheme is being funded by the National Transport Authority. The new link road is due to open by the end of August 2014.

Cllr. Eoghan O'Brien and Cllr. Darragh Butler said they are delighted to see work finally starting on this important project.

The councillors said: 'It will take drive-through traffic around instead of through Holywell and will make Holywell a lot safer for residents, pedestrians and school children.

'We have both been campaigning for this for a number of years now and it is also vitally important in attempting to bring new business to the Holywell MSD plant.'

Cllr. Anthony Lavin welcomed the news, saying: 'This project is long overdue and will bring relief to the local residents of Holywell and Holywell Educate Together School who have had to endure their estate being used as a rat run for motorists largely from Malahide heading to the M1 motorway and Airside Business Park.

'Literally the thousands of motor vehicles which currently go through Holywell everyday will be able to go around Holywell. The new road will also reduce their journey times. So the completion of the road will be welcomed by all of them as well.'

Minister James Reilly also welcomed the news, saying this should provide a welcome boost for those looking for work in the construction industry. When the road is built, it will help ease congestion and, most importantly, make the estate safer for pedestrians – especially children.'

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