Monday 23 September 2019

Residents assured trees will be left in place in leafy city suburb when road is widened

  

Mobhi Road. Picture: Google Maps
Mobhi Road. Picture: Google Maps
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Trees along Mobhi Road will be retained under the new Bus Connects proposal.

Residents along the iconic north Dublin street met representatives of the NTA to air their concerns on how the road widening would require the felling of 140 trees to facilitate two-way segregated bus lanes as part of the bus corridor from Ballymun to the city centre.

Following a meeting with residents on Monday night, the changes now being proposed by the NTA will see the trees retained on the road while still providing priority for buses and safer facilities for cyclists.

It involves a restriction on through traffic at the north end of Mobhi Road (at its junction with Griffith Avenue) during certain evening hours and the reconstruction of footpaths and verges to provide both a footpath and a cycle track.

While the revised arrangements will still involve some disruption for local residents, it does remove the need for any widening of the road into residential gardens along Mobhi Road and it does retain the tree-lined character of this street.

Separately, on the proposed new Blanchardstown bus corridor, 538 submissions were received from the public - 226 of these were on the section from Cabra to the River Liffey.

The main issues raised were traffic and access impacts, environmental impacts, cycling facilities, loss of car park or driveway access, safety concerns, bus services and stops, community impacts, trees and road widening, and loss of property values.

The main items under consideration by the NTA are cycle routes, traffic arrangements, bus priority arrangements, pedestrian facilities and urban realm improvements.

While the revised plan will need detailed analysis, the initial assessment is that changes include more bus gates and bus priority traffic lights to hold car traffic back in preference of buses, and greater public realm spaces at the expense of car parking, such as in Stoneybatter.

Irish Independent

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