Tuesday 24 October 2017

Fears bus terminus site will add to 'major traffic delays'

A LOCAL election candidate for the Swords ward has raised new concerns about the proposed location of a terminus for the Swiftway bus project, which he says will add to traffic congestion at the junction of the M1 and R132.

Independent candidate from Donabate, Michael Collins has challenged the proposed route and in particular the location of the terminus at its northern end.

He said: 'Significant vehicular traffic from Portrane, Donabate, Lusk, Rush and Skerries converge at the junction of the R132 and the M1 leading to major traffic delays at peak times. This situation will deteriorate significantly if the terminus is located at this point.

'I believe that a much better plan would be to locate the northern terminus on lands west of the R132 close to the Junction 4 Service Station at Turvey.

'This location would be extremely attractive in encouraging drivers to park their cars at this point and avail of the Swiftway for the remainder of their journey.'

Mr. Collins also feels that residents in Pinegrove, Castlefarm, Broadmeadows, Castlegrange and Mooretown are very likely to voice their opposition to the route.

In anticipation of this, Michael will request the NTA and Fingal County Council to look at a route along the line of the Broadmeadow River as it passes through Swords from the bridge at the Schoolhouse Restaurant to the Emmaus Retreat and Conference Centre.

The candidate said he fears that once Swiftway is up and running, Metro North will be 'quickly forgotten as the only realistic transport solution for Swords'.

'In the short to medium term, Metro North is essential for the future development of Swords and its hinterland,' he said. 'But I welcome any initiative that will ease traffic congestion and encourages business development in Swords.'

Fingal Independent