13 June 2013

Sod Turned At Newlands Cross Interchange

Work is officially starting on the Newlands Cross flyover today after Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar and local Minister Frances Fitzgerald turned the sod on the site.

At the event Fitzgerald confirmed that she will be closely monitoring the construction phase to ensure that disruption to Clondalkin and its residents is minimised.

“I have made representations to both the NRA and BAM requesting that consideration is made to residents and local traffic during the construction phase of this project. There was confidence today at the sod turning that this project will be carried out in as timely and accommodating manner as possible and I very much welcome that. In such a populated area it is imperative that local residents and commuters are taken into account during the construction and that disruption is minimised,” said Minister Fitzgerald who represents the Clondalkin area in Dail Eireann.

““This is the first Public Private Partnership road project to be signed since 2007 is now officially underway, in an important signal for economic recovery. Residents in the area have benefited from the upgrade of the Red Cow Roundabout and look forward to the similar benefits that the upgrade of Newlands Cross will bring in the coming years. I would appealed to commuters for patience throughout the construction phase but do intend on supporting residents who experience major difficulties during the construction period and hope that you can assist in this regard,” continued Fitzgerald.

“My Fine Gael colleague Councillor Tony Delaney last month initiated the establishment of a consultative working group for the duration of the construction of the Newlands Cross Interchange. This Group will be representative of our community and will liaise with the Council, the NRA and the contractors who will be carrying out the work to build a flyover at the busy junction. This is a positive and progressive move for residents and commuters in the area and I would remind people that my office in Clondalkin village is open to anyone who experience ongoing difficulties during the construction phase of this project,” concluded Fitzgerald.

Speaking at the official opening of the project Minister for Sport, Transport and Tourism, Leo Varadkar said; “These are two very important projects which will make a big difference to road users in Dublin and the east of the country. They will remove two serious bottlenecks which have caused untold delays to commuters, hauliers and road users over the years. The financing of these projects also represents a breakthrough for the Government in terms of new funding for roads. The N7 flyover at Newlands Cross will remove the last set of traffic lights between the outskirts of Belfast and the Dunkettle roundabout in Cork. To give an idea of the difference this will make, some 80,000 vehicles pass through Newlands Cross every day.”

The contractor BAM Civil Ltd (BAM PPP & PGGM Infrastructure Cooperatie) will start work on both projects within a matter of days, and construction is expected to take just over two years.

Fred Barry, CEO of the National Roads Authority said: “We are very pleased with the commencements of works at N7 Newlands Cross Junction and at the N11 Arklow to Rathnew. It is five years since we last started the construction of a large scale improvement scheme. The Government has committed to fund a number of road PPP schemes and we look forward to this being the first of a revitalised programme of major improvement works.  I would like to acknowledge the effort put forth by all those involved and look forward to the completion of this scheme.”