25 November 2011

Fitzgerald Petitions Minister for Transport on Contentious Mount Seskin Road Issue

Local T.D. Frances Fitzgerald hands Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, petition calling for Mount Seskin Road to be kept open in plans for upgraded N81

Local Fine Gael T.D., Minister Frances Fitzgerald, this week presented a petition signed by residents of Brittas and Saggart, to her Cabinet colleague Minister Leo Varadkar. The petition calls for changes in the plans for the Emerging Preferred Route of the upgraded N81 from Jobstown to Hollywood Cross and specifically requests provisions to be made to keep Mount Seskin Road open.

“The plans, at this stage, indicate no provision to provide a fly-over from Mount Seskin Road in the Saggart/Brittas area of Co. Dublin to meet the Emerging Preferred Route. Instead, drawings suggest that this road will be closed off and traffic will be forced down Meegan’s Lane, a narrow, windy steep hill that cannot easily accommodate two cars and is often impassable during winter conditions,” explained Minister Fitzgerald.

“This week I personally gave Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, my colleague Leo Varadkar, a petition asking for Mount Seskin Road to be maintained as a through-road. I also gave him my own letter supporting this petition. This petition has 204 signatures, representing every household which will be affected by plans to cul-de-sac this road rather than join it with the new proposed N81 route,” continued Minister Fitzgerald.

“Having visited this location recently with Cllr. Emer Higgins and met with John Cowman who lives on Meegan’s Lane, I totally agree that this lane is wholly unsuitable for extra traffic. I fully support their campaign to keep Mount Seskin Road open and agree that it would be unsafe to divert additional traffic down Meegan’s laneway,” continued Fitzgerald.

“I have now asked that the Department of Transport, the National Roads Authority and the Council consider adapting plans to facilitate the installation of a fly-over that would link the Mount Seskin Road with the Emerging Preferred Route of the N81 and look forward to receiving their response.

“I would like to thank John who initiated this petition and all those who signed it and assure residents of my support on this issue,” concluded Minister Fitzgerald.

John Cowman, who instigated the Keep Mount Seskin Road Open campaign said, “I was delighted that Minister Fitzgerald took time out of her busy schedule to come up to Meegan’s Lane and see exactly where traffic from Mount Seskin is to meet this laneway. I started a petition to keep Mount Seskin Road open as I believe it is unsafe to move additional traffic through this lane. The road is only wide enough for one car and is impassable in snow and ice.

“The most obvious solution is to provide a flyover on Mount Seskin Road and I am really pleased that Minister Fitzgerald has agreed to support this suggestion and committed to bringing it to the attention of the Minister for Transport and the NRA. I must say I was very impressed by Frances, how quickly she grasped the seriousness of the situation and her commitment to act on it,” concluded John who lives on Meegan’s Lane.