Neighborhood Associations say the closure of six roads across the railway line between Connolly Station and Connolly Station MaynoothBreaks community links and provides extensive detours to access shops, schools and other services, endangering the delicate environment of the Royal Canal.
First announced 17 years ago, the project will double the number of trains along the line from 6 to 12 per hour and increase the number of passengers per hour from 5,000 to over 13,000 one way. Means
The Dart West Community Coalition, an alliance of 10 residents’ groups, “fully supports” the Dart project, but does not require permanent road closures, leaving some communities separated from essential services. Said that it would be.
“Dart + West is a great project that is in great need and will be great for the community in the future, but it doesn’t take into account the journey that took place all day across the line,” the coalition said. With members Cool mine Resident Christine Moore..
The coalition is considering closing the intersection only when the Iarnród Railway is busy and hopes that the road will be available during off-peak hours.
“What we want is not just boxing practice, but meaningful talks with the Irish National Railways,” she said.
Barry Kenny, a spokesman for the Irish Railways, said extensive discussions have taken place and changes have already been made to the project.
“The project team, which came from the first public consultation, changed the recommended solutions at Coolmine Railroad Crossing and Ashtown following the second consultation.”
Ashtown’s original plan was to close the Ashtown stables at the riding center because of the railroad tracks and the underpass under the canal. Public consultations have recently been completed on a proposal to move the vehicle’s underpass further west of the stables.
At Coolmine, the controversial line and the transportation bridge over the Royal Canal were abandoned at the proposed pedestrian and bicycle bridge instead. Similarly, railroad and canal pedestrian and bicycle overpasses have been proposed to replace railroad crossings. Porters Town When Cron Sheila..
However, Ms. Moore said they pose a problem for the sensitive environment of the canal. “Both Porterstown and Kronsila are very historic areas, with old protected structures and large pedestrian / bicycle bridges proposed.” Three bicycles and pedestrian bridges straddling this part of the canal. She said that the landscape was “totally spoiled”.
“It’s essentially a limestone canyon, the towpath is 15 feet above the surface of the water, and the canopy is overhead. This is known as” deep sinking “and is the only canal built through a quarry. It is a part. It is a natural heritage site with an elegant 18th century canal bridge. “
The last two railroad crossings planned to be closed are the westernmost railroad crossings towards Kildare, along country roads rather than train stations. In Barber’s Town, north of the Westmanstown Golf Club, a traffic bridge will be built just south of the current intersection.
However, the last railroad crossing across Breakstown in Killmaker Dock will block 120 homes from bus services due to lack of alternative infrastructure, local residents and coalition member Eindi Massio said. I am.
“We are 3 km from the center of Leixlip and 5 km from the center of Maynooth. If people walked up to 15-20 minutes to reach the bus stop, they now have to travel at least 2.5 km.”
Residents of Kilmacredock Lane asked the Irish National Railways for a pedestrian route across the line, but she said it was not included in the Dart + West priority option.
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“This is to force people to use public transport, get on the bus, get in the car,” she said.
“This is not the case when closing railroad crossings is more inconvenient because you have to detour while driving. This will make people inaccessible to bus routes. Also, if you don’t build a pedestrian bridge, station here. We don’t think we will have the opportunity to use public transportation in the future because we will not build it. “
The closure also prevented the community from accessing canal amenities, she said. “More people would have used canal walks for exercise, especially during a pandemic, and it would be often used by many of my older neighbors, it’s not an option for them right now. “
Kenny said the feedback was appreciated and would form part of the “Consultation Results Report” published as part of the rail order application to AnBord Pleanála.
“The final rail order submission is open to the public and observes AnBord Pleanála for all aspects of the proposal.”
Kenny said railroad crossing closures are central to achieving increased capacity.
“Railroad crossings limit the frequency of trains and dramatically reduce the number of services that can be operated. For example, railroad crossings on Coolmine are about 40 minutes from 8 am to 9 am on weekdays, 6 per hour one way. It will be closed on the book train. At the target capacity, the railroad crossing cannot be maintained because it effectively shows that the railroad crossing is completely closed. “
Closing the intersection also improves safety and eliminates the risk of drivers closing and closing the gates of the intersection, he said.
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