Tuesday 12 December 2017

€10m bridge to end daily misery for commuters

An artist’s impression of the new bridge at Reilly’s level crossing on the Ratoath Road over Dublin’s Royal Canal.
An artist’s impression of the new bridge at Reilly’s level crossing on the Ratoath Road over Dublin’s Royal Canal.

A LEVEL crossing that forced motorists to wait for up to 15 minutes while trains passed is being replaced with a €10m overbridge.

Work is beginning on a new bridge at Reilly's level crossing on the Ratoath Road over the Royal Canal in Dublin, which is expected to be completed in early 2015.

It will mean an end to the misery for thousands of motorists forced to wait up to 15 minutes at peak times while the road that crosses the line is closed to allow trains to pass.

Up to 107 trains a day running on the Maynooth line pass through the junction – up to 55 at peak times. The work is being funded by the National Transport Authority.

Work on the overbridge – developed by Iarnrod Eireann and Dublin City Council – will begin this month and eliminate one of the busiest level crossings on the entire rail network.

The project will also allow for extra trains to be added to the line which serves the busy commuter town of Maynooth, and inter-city services from Sligo and Longford.

Works will take 18 months to complete.

Paul Melia

Irish Independent

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