Wednesday 13 December 2017

Council asked to 'decouple' road roject


THE COUNCIL has been asked to 'decouple' the three elements of a long-awaited road project in Holywell estate in Swords to stop the most troublesome element of the project holding up the other two.

The delivery of the Holywell distributor road continues to suffer delays because of a land ownership issue and the council's plan was to deliver the road alongside a pedestrian and cycle link to Drynam Avenue and Russell's Terrace and new traffic calming measures around Holywell Educate Together school. But now there has been calls for those two final elements of the project to be progressed ahead of the new road in the interests of safety in the area. Making the call was the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Cian O'Callaghan (Lab) who said he welcomed the initial approach to deliver all three elements under one contract btu said it would be regrettable if the delivery of the other elements of the project were delayed any further because of the problems with the distributor road. The council explained its plans, saying: ' The Council has proposed to carry out the Holywell Road construction, the pedestrian and cycle link to Drinan and the traffic management measures at Holywell as part of one contract. 'It is expected that this proposal would provide the most cost effective way of carrying out the works. ' The Council hopes to progress the compulsory purchase process as quickly as possible to enable tenders to be sought for the combined project.' Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) backed the call for decoupling the different elements of the project and said he was particularly concerned that the traffic calming measures to improve safety at the school go ahead 'immediately'. Cllr Eoghan O'Brien (FF) agreed saying he appreciated the logic of delivering all three elements under one contract but there were serious safety issues in the area that 'really need to be addressed'. Cllr Peter Coyle (Lab) also backed calls for the safety measures in the project to be progressed ahead of the delivery of the road, saying that school authorities were ' very concerned' about road safety in the area. Council officials accepted that at some point, if delays continued on the distributor project, the local authority may have to decouple the elements of the project but because the project is funded by the National Transport Authority, that move would have to get NTA approval.

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