03 February 2015

Minister Fitzgerald welcomes over €1.5 million funding for traffic & cycle lane improvements in Clondalkin, Lucan & Palmerstown

-    Improvements to enhance quality of life for local families
-    National Transport Authority funding to South Dublin County Council will lead to major improvements in traffic and greater options for cyclists and pedestrians



Local TD for Dublin Mid-West Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice & Equality has today welcomed the allocation of over €1.5 million in National Transport Authority funding for major traffic and cycle lane improvements in Clondalkin, Lucan and Palmerstown.

She said:

“I believe this very important national funding provided to the Council will greatly enhance the quality of life of local residents and families, improving traffic and providing greater options for cyclists and pedestrians alike.

“This welcome news is the result of many months of hard work at local and national level. I have been working closely with Councillor William Lavelle who first proposed the widening of the road at Willsbrook.

“This major initiative will deliver national funding to South Dublin County Council for the following works:

·         €500,000 for Willsbrook Road - works to include widening of road to create two formal lanes approaching Outer Ring Road Traffic Lights
·         €300,000 to complete Palmerstown cycle paths
·         €300,000 for design of improvements at N4 junctions in Lucan
·         €250,000 for Newcastle Road traffic & safety works
·         €150,000 for footpath and cycle path improvement at Monastery Road, Clondalkin

Minister Fitzgerald added:

“As a local TD, I am very aware of the ongoing traffic delays at Willsbrook Road and the Outer Ring Road.
I am therefore very pleased to confirm that €300,000 has been allocated for completion of Phase 2 of the Willsbrook Cycle scheme, which is currently under. Phase 2, when completed, will hopefully result in more children walking and cycling to school, leading to less short-trip car journeys. In addition, €200,000 has been allocated for the commencement of Phase 2 of the Willsbrook Cycle scheme, which will include the widening of road to create two formal lanes approaching Outer Ring Road Traffic Lights.”

Councillor William Lavelle stated: “I wish to thank Minister Fitzgerald for her active support in securing funding for Willsbrook Road. When all works are completed I hope we will see an overall improvement in terms of both traffic flow and road safety at Willsbrook Road.”

Minister Fitzgerald welcomed further funding announcements.

“A total of €600,000 has been provided for the N4 cycle upgrade project. I am advised that €300,000 of this is being provided to complete the provision of cycle paths in Palmerstown, with the remaining €300,000 being provided for the design of improvements at N4 junctions in Lucan. Part of this involves an examination and preparation of designs to improve the effectiveness of the Woodies junction. I know that many Lucan residents would greatly welcome improvements in this area.”

The Minister also announced that €250,000 is being provided for Newcastle Road traffic & safety works, although the exact nature of works has yet to be decided upon by South Dublin County Council.

The Minister further welcomed the allocations of €150,000 for footpath and cycle path improvement at Monastery Road Clondalkin; and an allocation (amount not yet confirmed) for the Tallaght to Liffey Valley cycle scheme.