Thursday 12 December 2019

Opinion: Newlands Cross flyover, has it worked or just moved the problem down the road?

Bob Flavin

It might be a little early to get the full results but Newlands Cross has become a rather nice experience unless you are going into the City then you might be in Naas Road hell.

On my commute into the Independent offices I have to come up the N7 to Newlands Cross, it used to be the bane of my life. It would take me 45 minutes to get to Newlands and then another hour to get the rest of the way into the city.

Now there’s a flyover for Newlands and I have to admit it has succeeded in moving the tailback that was dogging the crossroad but the big question; has it just moved the problem down the road?

It now takes me a little over 45 minutes to get to the Naas road just beyond the Red Cow junction, from there on the lights and roads just aren’t set up to cope with the new volume of traffic hitting it without the stop at Newlands.

Traffic lights have a simple job, control the flow of traffic. This is to say that traffic needs to be slowed down as it builds so that the traffic ahead has a chance to clear before anymore reaches the back of the queue. This requires careful management of the lights and changing of the timing as required but I’m not so sure this was taken into account with the traffic lights along the Naas road.

There’s always a tipping point in traffic when there are simply too many cars for the amount of road. Dublin is at that point and although I can still drive across it easy enough, the rush hour points are still a big problem. The addition of the flyover at Newlands is a great thing but it does seem to have caused more problems, even if you go south the exits can’t handle the new volumes.

Maybe it’s just increased volume or maybe fixing one problem is causing another.

So what do you think? I’d like to know, if you travel on the N7 do you think it’s gotten any better? Get in touch on Twitter @indomotoring leave a comment below or email me direct bflavin@independent.ie

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