Wednesday 13 December 2017

Call for meeting on green space at JC's Supermarket

John Manning

A SWORDS councillor is calling on the National Transport Authority (NTA) to have a public meeting in the town on the future of green open space at the back of JC's Supermarket, if plans for a Rapid Transit Bus service for the Fingal capital, go ahead.

Last week, the Fingal Independent revealed that a new rapid transit bus system called 'Swiftway' is being proposed for Swords, slashing commuting times from the town into the city centre.

However, part of the route the system is likely to take in the town will prove controversial with the possible loss of a well-used green space behind the supermarket and the opening up of another road at Pine Grove that was shut after a long controversy.

Cllr Tom Kelleher (Lab) and Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) both expressed some concern about the route last week and now Cllr Butler has confirmed that he will ask the NTA to host a public meeting on the issue, if the plans go ahead.

Public consultation will begin on the proposed Swiftway project on February 17 and Cllr Butler is to make a submission to that process, calling on the NTA to have 'detailed consultation and a public meeting regarding the green open space' as well as a commitment that 'this does not get approved without agreement with residents'.

Cllr Butler also wants written confirmation from the NTA that the project is not seen as a replacement for Metro North.

The Swords councillor will also call for a 'Nipper' or feeder bus service to link other parts of Swords to an agreed route for the service and a park and ride stop in the town so that 'nearby estates don't become commuter car parks'.

Cllr Butler will also ask that the service be used 'as an opportunity to put in place a safe pedestrian crossing point at the Pinnock Hill roundabout'.

The Swiftway service is will cost between €150 million and €200 million and is bidding to carry 3,000 passenagers an hour to the city, from Swords, via the airport, with a travelling time of just 35 minutes.

Fingal Independent

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