Author Archives: Senator Marie Sherlock

Submission to Core Bus Corridor 5: Blanchardstown to City centre. 

Overview  

I am a cyclist, pedestrian, motorist, bus user and public representative in the areas covered by this bus corridor; Navan Road, Cabra, Stoneybatter and Phibsborough. 

I support the mission of BusConnects which is to deliver more efficient transport times for bus users, a safer travel environment for cyclists and improve pedestrian infrastructure.  

I am also supportive of the concept of do no major harm and in that context, I am alarmed at the intention to proceed with the closure to general traffic of the Old Cabra Road. Another solution must be found and consideration must be given to a timed bus gate to apply for evening hours only. 

The negative spillover to small residential roads in Cabra, Phibsborough and off the Navan Road is simply not acceptable, with draft modelling appearing to suggest the combined traffic flows from changes within the Ballymun Bus Corridor and Blanchardstown Bus Corridor will lead to an additional circa 600 cars in Connaught Street in the morning peak period by 2028. The impact on Charleville Road, Avondale Road and Monck Place as relief roads will be circa 300 cars, while the estimated increased traffic flow on Nephin road is up to 200 cars in the morning peak period. Furthermore, Annamoe terrace is expected to take another 200 cars. 

For the most part, these are small and narrow residential streets that not designed to take significant increases in the volume of traffic. The changes proposed effectively attempt to pit the desire for faster travel times from city bound users coming from the west with the pedestrian and cycle safety of those living on the roads taking the brunt of the diverted traffic. 

For Stoneybatter I want to acknowledge the positive modifications have been made to earlier proposals. However, the case for a 24 hour bus gate at the bottom of Prussia Street is not well made, the upheaval created by the one way systems will be dramatic in terms of travel times and I believe that there is a strong local appetite to introduce a timed bus gate at peak travel times to allow a better balance between the interests of the bus travelling public and local residents. 

For the Navan Road, the introduction of a continuous and segregated cycle track on both sides of the road is very welcome. However, the impact from the changes to the natural environment with the removal of approximately 150 trees is excessive. The removal exacerbates the concept of the Navan Road as a commuter thoroughfare and fails to recognise that first and foremost it must be recognised as an urban residential setting. I ask the NTA to seriously consider a planting programme of mature trees along both sides of the Navan Road. 

For Cabra and Phibsborough the diversion at Cabra cross will mean a significant increase in traffic flows on narrow, densely populated residential roads. These flows arise from two bus corridors changes; Blanchardstown and Ballymun and it is vital that the twin effects are considered together and not separately.  It must be highlighted that there are five primary schools that are located off the Connaught Street and Faussagh Avenue thoroughfare and there are efforts ongoing to establish a cycle bus there. Already the thoroughfare is quite hostile to pedestrians and cyclists given the existing volume of traffic on these roads. Any child friendly cycle initiative will be extremely difficult to sustain if the increased flows materialise as projected.  

I’m conscious that the NTA has indicated to that they will start work separately on developing cycle lanes on the Cabra Road and North Circular Road next year and this is very much to be welcomed. However, these will be not be alternatives to existing cycle travel and we need to ensure that we do not make worse routes currently in use, by a high number of children and local residents, by foot and by bike.  

The case to lift the no- right turn and no-left turn at St Peter’s church is not well made in the proposal document and there is considerable concern about pedestrian safety and increased congestion in front of St Peter’s church if these changes were to go ahead. In particular, lifting the no-right turn from the Cabra Road will involve considerable traffic sequencing changes at that junction. 

My BusConnects Submission to Core Bus Corridor 3: Ballymun to City Centre.

Overview 

I am a cyclist, pedestrian, motorist, bus user and elected representative in the Phibsborough, Glasnevin and Drumcondra area. 

There are important improvements for cyclists and pedestrians in the plan for Glasnevin and Phibsborough that must be acknowledged.  

However, there is disappointing lack of vision for the future development of Phibsborough village.  

This is reflected in the lack of a cycle way on Phibsborough road, failure to adequately consider access to the Royal canal cycleway given that a large share of Phibsborough residents live on the western side of the village with the cycleway located east of the Phibsborough road and there are minimal change to traffic flows through an already heavily congested village.  

In the NTA draft modelling documents, the NTA highlight that in November 2019, 49,008 cars went through Doyle’s corner in a 24hour period. The traffic modelling suggests this will decrease by  100-300 cars in morning peak traffic by 2028.  

The modesty of the proposals for Phibsborough stands in stark contrast to the Glasnevin area where arguably, the proposals involve excessive upheaval and disruption. Overall, it seems that a timed bus gate on Mobhi Road could be initially trialled, as the impact of a 24 hour bus gate on traffic flows on the area are enormous. 

For cyclists 

Positive:  

  • For the most part, there will be a continuous cycle route from Hart’s corner to Ballymun Road and beyond and this will represent a significant improvement for cyclists in the area. In particular, the two-way cycle path on Botanic Road/Prospect road is most welcome as is new cycle path parallel to Mobhi Drive and the cycle paths on the northbound side of Ballymun road and on both sides of Glasnevin Hill. 
  • Similarly, the new cycle way between Cross Guns bridge and Western Way will represent a significant improvement for those cyclists that will use this path. 

Of Serious Concern: 

  • The failure to have any cycle path through the main thoroughfare in Phibsborough Village is a serious disappointment as is the removal of the existing cycle lane segregation on Phibsborough road south of Doyle’s Corner to make way for a bus lane.  
  • It reflects a poor vision of the village as one dominated by cars commuting through from one location to another as opposed to the thriving people-friendly village that it could be.  
  • While the Royal Canal greenway is most welcome, cyclists will inevitably continue to cycle on Phibsborough road because of difficulties in accessing the cycle path. A large share of the cycling population in Phibsborough live west of the Phibsborough road while the cycle path is located to the east of the road.  

There has been some suggestion by the NTA at community forum meetings that Devery’s Lane (located opposite the Connaught street junction) and Kings Inn Court- Kelly’s Row (located close to the Monck Place junction) could be used as access points from west of Phibsborough road to the cycleway.  

The width of Devery’s Lane is 1.5m at its narrowest and is bound by the gable end of two houses on either side. While it would be wonderful to see it as an access point, major works would need to be undertaken. Use of the vacant site located just off the lane and currently valued at €400,000 on the DCC vacant site register might be a starting point for how to bring the lane into greater use. 

If Kings Inn Court- Kelly’s Row is to become an access point to the cycle way, then a toucan crossing will need to be introduced close to the entrance of the Fire station on Phibsborough Road to facilitate safe crossing for cyclists and pedestrians. 

For Pedestrians 

Positive:  

  • The widening of the footpath on Cross Guns bridge to overcome that pinchpoint for pedestrians on the northbound side is most welcome.  
  • The introduction of three new pedestrian crossings on Phibsborough road and the improvement of the public realm outside the church in Glasnevin are positive proposals. 
  • Finally, that most of the existing trees on Prospect Way and Mobhi Road will be retained represents an important improvement on previous proposals. However, the safety and confidence of pedestrians is hugely important and there are serious concerns about the footpath width on Mobhi Road. 

Of serious concern 

  • The diversion of northbound traffic via the Botanic gardens creates serious concerns for congestion and pedestrian safety along that narrow stretch.
  • Both Connaught street and Monck Place/ Avondale Road face similar challenges with diverted traffic flows from the old Cabra road ensuring greater traffic volumes on both roads. These changes create serious challenges for pedestrian and cycle safety in what are residential areas. 
  • The case to lift the no- right turn and no-left turn at St Peter’s church is not well made in the proposal document and there is considerable concern about pedestrian safety and increased congestion in front of St Peter’s church if these changes were to go ahead. In particular, lifting the no-right turn from the Cabra Road will involve considerable traffic sequencing changes at that junction.

Finally, there are very real concerns about the proportionality and impact of the road traffic diversions in the Glasnevin area. While local access onto Mobhi road is provided for at the junction with Botanic Avenue, it is not acceptable that these same local access rights would be afforded to traffic coming from Fairfield Road on Mobhi Road.

Lower Phibsborough: BusConnects Blanchardstown Bus Corridor and Ballymun Bus Corridor Changes – Winter 2020

At the start of November, the NTA published their third and final set of proposals for the Ballymun Bus Corridor and Blanchardstown Bus Corridor. The consultation is now open so if you have a strong view on the changes for your area, do make a submission. The deadline is December 16th.  

For Phibsborough, there are some positive changes for cyclists and pedestrians with the development of the Royal Canal cycleway and the extension of footpath space outside the shopping centre and on Cross Guns Bridge.

However, changes along the Blanchardstown bus corridor will have the very worrying impact of pushing more vehicular traffic into Phibsborough.

A decision on whether to make permanent the Grangegorman “filtered permeability” trial is due to be made next month by Dublin City Council.

  • The proposed closure of the old Cabra Road to general traffic to make way for buses, taxis and local access only, will mean eastbound/city centre bound cars will have to divert at Cabra Cross to the Cabra Road or Rataoth Road. This, in turn, will push additional general traffic onto Cabra Road, Charleville Road, North Circular Road, Avondale Road and Monck Place.

National Transport Authority modelling appears to suggest that the combination of changes will generate an overall reduction in vehicular morning rush-hour traffic volumes along the Cabra Road and North Circular Road. However, there will be an estimated increase of 200-300 cars in the morning peak along Charleville Road, Avondale Road and Monck Place.

  • At St Peter’s Church, the no left turn (from the NCR) and the no right turn (from the Cabra road) will be lifted to allow traffic flows between the NCR and Cabra road.
  • The development of the new cycleway along Royal Canal Bank will be an important development for cyclists travelling north-south through Phibsborough. See image overleaf. However, access to the cycleway remains a key issue with a large share of Phibsborough residents living on the western side of the village – the areas off Connaught street, Monck Place and North Circular Road.  
  • There are two main changes to the traffic layout for Phibsborough Road1) Unfortunately, the current cycle lane segregation on Phibsborough road south of Doyle’s Corner will be removed to make way for a bus lane. 

2) The southbound right turning traffic lane into Leinster, Munster and Connaught street will be curtailed to make way for the planting of trees. In November 2019, 49,008 cars went through Doyle’s corner in a 24 hour period. The traffic modelling suggests this will decrease by between 100-300 in morning peak traffic. 

  • For pedestrians, three additional pedestrian crossings on Phibsborough Road; one outside McGowan’s pub, another connecting Monck’s Green and Permanent TSB and one between Leinster Street and Enniskerry road.

The footpath will be widened outside Phibsborough Shopping centre, multiple trees will be planted along the widened section, two existing trees will be removed and parking will be reduced to a single row. The footpath on Cross Guns Bridge will be extended on the side adjacent to Des Kelly Furniture to overcome the very narrow pinch point. 

The proposals here refer only to North-South traffic through Phibsborough and the spill over effects of changes made on the Old Cabra road.  The NTA have indicated to that they will start work separately on developing cycle lanes on the Cabra Road and North Circular Road next year. 

This is only an overview of the changes and is not exhaustive. For exact detail, please see busconnects.ie

Next Steps:   

Dec 16th: Deadline for submissions

Jan. to March 2020: “Preferred route” will be published. Environmental impact assessment report will then be published.

Mid 2021: Statutory Process will commence where application for compulsory purchase order to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) will be submitted. This will involve a statutory consultation and oral hearing.  

2022: Works will commence. 

Connaught Street: BusConnects Blanchardstown Bus Corridor and Ballymun Bus Corridor Changes – Winter 2020

At the start of November, the NTA published their third and final set of proposals for the Ballymun Bus Corridor.  The consultation is now open so if you have a strong view on the changes for your area, do make a submission. The deadline is December 16th.  

For Phibsborough, there are important and positive changes for cyclists and pedestrians with the development of the Royal Canal cycleway and the extension of footpath space outside the shopping centre and on Cross Guns Bridge. However, changes in the Blanchardstown bus corridor will have the effect of pushing more vehicular traffic into Phibsborough. 

  • The proposed closure of the old Cabra Road to general traffic will mean eastbound cars will have to divert at Cabra Cross to the Cabra Road or Rataoth Road with the result that additional cars in the morning peak hours will be pushed onto Faussagh Avenue and Connaught Street. This will combine with increased westbound traffic flows on the same roads arising from changes on the Phibsborough Road. Traffic modelling suggest that both sets of changes could lead to increased traffic flows of 600 cars in the morning peak period. 
  • The development of the new cycleway along Royal Canal Bank will be an important development for cyclists travelling North-South through Phibsborough. See image overleaf. However, access to the cycleway remains a key issue with a large share of Phibsborough residents living on the western side of the village – Connaught street and environs, Monck Place, Cherrymount and environs.  
  • There are two main changes to the traffic layout for Phibsborough Road1) Unfortunately, the current cycle lane segregation on Phibsborough road south of Doyle’s Corner will be removed to make way for a bus lane.  2) The southbound right turning traffic lane into Leinster, Munster and Connaught street will be curtailed to make way for the planting of trees (see image overleaf). In November 2019, 49,008 cars went through Doyle’s corner in a 24 hour period. The traffic modelling suggests this will decrease by between 100-300 in morning peak traffic. 
  • For pedestrians, two additional pedestrian crossings on Phibsborough Road; one between Leinster Street and Enniskerry road and another connecting Monck’s Green and Permanent TSB. The footpath will be widened outside Phibsborough Shopping centre, multiple trees will be planted along the widened section, two existing trees will be removed and parking will be reduced to a single row. The footpath on Cross Guns Bridge will be extended on the side adjacent to Des Kelly Furniture to overcome the very narrow pinch point. 

The proposals here refer only to North-South traffic through Phibsborough and the spill over effects of changes made on the old Cabra road.  The NTA have indicated to that they will start work separately on developing cycle lanes on the Cabra Road and North Circular Road next year. 

This is only an overview of the changes and is not exhaustive. For exact detail, please see  busconnects.ie

Next Steps:   

Dec 16th: Deadline for submissions

Jan. to March 2020: “Preferred route” will be published. Environmental impact assessment report will then be published.

Mid 2021: Statutory Process will commence where application for compulsory purchase order to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) will be submitted. This will involve a statutory consultation and oral hearing.  

2022: Works will commence. 

Mobhi Road: BusConnects Ballymun Bus Corridor Proposals, Winter 2020

At the start of November, the NTA published their third and final set of proposals for the Ballymun Bus Corridor.  The consultation is now open so if you have a strong view on the changes for your area, do make a submission. The deadline is December 16th.  

The impact from the proposals on the road layout and traffic flows on the Glasnevin area will be enormous – particularly for car users. 

Overall, the changes will deliver improvements for cyclists, reduced travel times for bus users accessing buses on Mobhi Road and Botanic Road, while drivers will face significant changes of route.  

Compared with previous rounds of BusConnects proposals, most of the existing trees will now be retained.  

  • Overall, the proposals involve a whole new traffic system for the area encompassing Glasnevin Hill, Old Finglas Road, Ballymun Road, Botanic Road and the adjoining roads in this area. 
  • One way systems will be introduced on the Ballymun Road between Claremount and Church Avenue (one-way southbound only) to prevent it becoming a rat run or relief road between Glasnevin Hill and Griffith Avenue. Additional car parking will be made available on the northern end of Ballymun road before the junction with Griffith Avenue. On Mobhi Road, the northern end of the road close to the junction with Griffith Avenue will become one-way southbound only to general traffic. This is to allow a “bus gate” on the northbound lane at the top of the road. 
  • Northbound traffic coming from the city will be diverted in the first instance at Hart’s corner to go via Finglas Road, Old Finglas Road and Cremore Villas. Northbound traffic on Botanic Road will be diverted via the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin Hill, Old Finglas Road and Cremore Villas. 
  • Local northbound access as far as the top of Mobhi Road is preserved to a large extent. However vehicles wishing to travel from Mobhi Road to Griffith avenue and beyond will have to go via Botanic Road, Glasnevin Hill, Old Finglas road and Cremore Villas. 
  • For cyclists: there will be a continuous cycle lane for westbound cycle traffic on Glasnevin Hill and northbound cycle traffic on Ballymun road.  The existing walkway behind Our Lady of Dolours Church that runs parallel to Mobhi Drive will be upgraded to a new two-way cycle track. 
  • For pedestrians, in Glasnevin village, it is proposed to upgrade the junction outside Our Lady of Dolours to improve pedestrian safety, slow car

traffic and widen the footpath – see image below.

 A new pedestrian crossing will be introduced adjacent to River Gardens. Speed control signage will be introduced on the crossing adjacent to St David’s Terrace, River Gardens and the Tolka House. The bus stop outside the Met Éireann office will be relocated close to the Hospital gates. 

This is only an overview of the changes and is not exhaustive. For exact detail of the changes, please access http://www.busconnects.ie 

Next Steps:   

Dec 16th: Deadline for submissions.

Jan. to March 2020: “Preferred route” will be published. Environmental impact assessment report will then be published.

Mid 2021: Statutory Process will commence where application for compulsory purchase order to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) will be submitted. This will involve a statutory consultation and oral hearing.  

2022: Works will commence. 

Glasnevin Hill: BusConnects Ballymun Bus Corridor Proposals, Winter 2020

At the start of November, the NTA published their third and final set of proposals for the Ballymun Bus Corridor.  The consultation is now open so if you have a strong view on the changes for your area, do make a submission. The deadline is December 16th.  

The impact from the proposals on the road layout and traffic flows on the Glasnevin area will be enormous – particularly for car users. 

Overall, the changes will deliver improvements for cyclists, reduced travel times for bus users accessing buses on Mobhi Road and Botanic Road, while drivers will face significant changes of route.  

Compared with previous rounds of BusConnects proposals, most of the existing trees will now be retained.  

  • Overall, the proposals involve a whole new traffic system for the area encompassing Glasnevin Hill, Old Finglas Road, Ballymun Road, Botanic Road and the adjoining roads in this area. 
  • One way systems will be introduced on the Ballymun Road between Claremount and Church Avenue (one-way southbound only) to prevent it becoming a rat run or relief road between Glasnevin Hill and Griffith Avenue. Additional car parking will be made available on the northern end of Ballymun road before the junction with Griffith Avenue. On Mobhi Road, the northern end of the road close to the junction with Griffith Avenue will become one-way southbound only to general traffic. This is to allow a “bus gate” on the northbound lane at the top of the road. 
  • Northbound traffic coming from the city will be diverted in the first instance at Hart’s corner to go via Finglas Road, Old Finglas Road and Cremore Villas. Northbound traffic on Botanic Road will be diverted via the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin Hill, Old Finglas Road and Cremore Villas. 
  • Local northbound access as far as the top of Mobhi Road is preserved to a large extent. However vehicles wishing to travel from Mobhi Road to Griffith avenue and beyond will have to go via Botanic Road, Glasnevin Hill, Old Finglas road and Cremore Villas. 
  • For cyclists: there will be a continuous cycle lane for westbound cycle traffic on Glasnevin Hill and northbound cycle traffic on Ballymun road.  The existing walkway behind Our Lady of Dolours Church that runs parallel to Mobhi Drive will be upgraded to a new two-way cycle track. 
  • For pedestrians, in Glasnevin village, it is proposed to upgrade the junction outside Our Lady of Dolours to improve pedestrian safety, slow car traffic and widen the footpath – see image below.

 A new pedestrian crossing will be introduced adjacent to River Gardens. Speed control signage will be introduced on the crossing adjacent to St David’s Terrace, River Gardens and the Tolka House. The bus stop outside the Met Éireann office will be relocated close to the Hospital gates. 

This is only an overview of the changes and is not exhaustive. For exact detail of the changes, please access http://www.busconnects.ie 

Next Steps:   

Dec 16th: Deadline for submissions.

Jan. to March 2020: “Preferred route” will be published. Environmental impact assessment report will then be published.

Mid 2021: Statutory Process will commence where application for compulsory purchase order to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) will be submitted. This will involve a statutory consultation and oral hearing.  

2022: Works will commence. 

O’ Devaney Gardens proposals- an ugly deal that needs to be supported and will deliver much needed housing

Statement by Cllr. Marie Sherlock

In advance of the vote to be taken this evening by Dublin City Council, Cllr. Marie Sherlock said she will be voting to support the proposal.  

“It is an ugly deal, but it is one that needs to be supported. This deal is not the model for how I want to see housing delivered in this city. However it will deliver at least 478 units at rents that will be affordable to many individuals and families who are in desperate need of secure housing in Dublin. The community in Dublin 7 and the areas surrounding O’ Devaney Gardens have been let down for the past 15 years with failed promises of development -any further delay would be unforgivable. ” 

“It is critical to understand that this deal was born out of Government insistence on private development in the scheme. Back in 2015, the Government’s condition for funding was that it be developed privately and just 10% to be allocated to social housing.   

The current proposal on O’ Devaney Gardens is the result of huge efforts on the part of my Labour colleagues and fellow councillors to improve upon the original deal.  50% of the units will be rented out at social and either affordable or “at cost” rent with a further 30% for “affordable purchase”. 

Crucially, we are also ensuring a decent employment clause will be inserted as a condition of operation for all retail and other commercial and community services operating in the development. This will ensure all future workers employed on the O’ Deveney Gardens site will be entitled to decent pay, decent hours of work and decent working conditions covered by collectively bargained wage agreements. Furthermore, we have secured commitment for a local employment clause along with apprentices to be taken on during the construction phase. 

Sherlock concluded “The current proposals on O’ Devaney gardens represents the best deal in a bad and highly flawed system for the development of public housing in this country.  

“The stark reality is that local authorities are constrained by what central Government decides to fund. Many opponents of the O’ Devaney deal will rightly point to the cost rental proposals for St. Michael’s estate as the template to be followed. But it’s important to recall that Fine Gael’s change of heart for St Michael’s only came about in 2018, too late to change the model for  O’ Devaney Gardens as the procurement process had already commenced.”  

Submission to BusConnects Bus Corridor 3: Ballymun to city centre

Overview

I am a cyclist, pedestrian, motorist and bus user and local representative in the Phibsborough, Glasnevin  and Drumcondra area.

I appreciate that the overall concept driving Bus Connects is to ensure greater space is allocated to buses and cyclists on the streets and roads within and around the city of Dublin.

In that regard I am very disheartened by the proposals for the Ballymun bus corridor which directly affect the Phibsborough area. The proposals do not go far enough. In stark contrast, the proposals go too far for the Mobhi road area. It is not clear how the impacts to one community will impact the next. While the radical proposals for the Mobhi Road area are intended to deliver faster through- access, these changes will lead to very little gain if the congestion in Phibsborough is not adequately dealt with. In that context, I believe both option A and option B for the Mobhi Road will instigate unnecessary upheaval and distress for very little gain.

Furthermore, it remains unclear how the building works and final access points to the Metro-link stations will interact with the Bus Connects proposals- both need to be looked at in conjunction with each other.

In the absence of any other innovative proposals for the Mobhi Road area, I believe there is a strong case for delaying action in this area until the necessary information is put together and the bottleneck referred to above is addressed.

In Phibsborough, there is little to suggest from the proposals of adjoining areas that the overall impact on the village has been considered. Phibsborough takes in traffic from three main arteries into the city and radical developments are proposed in two out of the three, Blanchardstown Bus Corridor and the Ballymun Bus Corridor and is discussed below, there will  be a significant inflow of car traffic arising from changes to the Old Cabra road.

For cyclists, certain developments such as the Royal Canal Bank cycleway are very much to be welcomed. However, the plan fails to adhere to the principal of a consistent, continuous cycle path that is segregated from the main vehicular traffic along Botanic Road, Cross Guns Bridge and Phibsborough Road.

Specific concerns for the Phibsborough area

For pedestrians:                           

On the positive side, the following is to be welcomed

  • Pedestrian crossing close to the PTSB on the Phibsborough Road and the Woodstock.
  • pedestrian crossing is planned for outside of McGowans.

However, the maps do not suggest that four way synchronised traffic light junctions are to be provided for at either Cross Guns Bridge, Doyles Corner or at the Connaught Street and Phibsborough Road junction.

Currently the traffic light sequencing at these junctions is staggered to favour the passing of vehicular traffic. BusConnects proposes to give traffic light priority to buses at Doyles Corner. There is no reference to pedestrians. In places of high traffic volumes, it can very time consuming trying to undertake two crossings. A four way synchronised junction would represent a significant improvement in the safety of those crossing, as pedestrians would be able to cross in one of three ways-diagonally across the junction or to either immediate side. Commitments to seriously consider this by NTA management at the Community Forum meeting on April 10th must be followed through.

For cyclists:

  • The new cycle route on Royal Canal Bank is very much to be welcomed as is the new toucan crossing opposite Tescos.
  • However, it is not true to say that cyclists are now adequately catered for in Phibsborough as was expressed at the Community Forum. Those who access Phibsborough Road from Leinster Street, Munster Street, Connaught Street, Royse Road, Enniskerry Road, the Boro’ or Monck Place will continue to have no access to a cycle lane on Phibsborough Road and no easy way of accessing the royal canal cycle way.
  • Commitments made at the Community Forum to seriously consider routing the cycleway under Blacquiere Bridge must be followed through. Any alternative will make the crossing unworkable and unsafe.

For the village itself:

  • It is simply not sustainable to route more city bound cars from the Navan road area through the Cabra Road and into Phibsborough, as is proposed under the Blanchardstown Bus Corridor proposals. Phibsborough already suffers from excessive congestion and will not have capacity to take this additional flow plus any rise in traffic arising from population and commuter increases in the greater Dublin area.

Concerns for the Glasnevin area

For cyclists

  • For those travelling southbound, the principal of a consistent, continuous cycle path is not adhered to. While there is obvious space difficulties along Botanic Road (although with imagination these are not insurmountable), the break in the path between Fairfield road and the area beyond Marguerite  road and the ending of the cycle path outside the Whitworth Pub and so ensuring no link to the Royal Canal Bank is both dangerous and unnecessary.

For drivers  

  • It remains far from clear that either option A or option B are workable proposals for the Glasnevin area.
  • Under option A, it does not in any way seem workable that the narrow stretch of Botanic road passing by the Botanic gardens can take additional vehicular traffic.
  • Furthermore the conversion of Ballymun road between Church Avenue and Griffith Avenue to a northbound one way system is excessive and wholly impractical for those living there, as it creates a much has the potential to create a ran run along Mobhi Drive.

Under option B, the environmental cost of removing so many mature trees appears excessive when weighed against the combined and limited benefits to bus users and cyclists of such an action. While the introduction of a separate cycle path on the eastern side of the road is to be welcomed, it is not clear that two separate bus lanes (northbound and southbound) are necessary, given the upheaval that this will create.

Ultimately, these proposals have been made in the absence of full information on the impact of the MetroLink plans and there is a very strong argument to be made here, that consideration of one simply cannot take place until more is know about the other. Ultimately, decisions will have to be made on the totality of the changes and the disruption from Metro construction works will shape some of the proposed Bus Connects changes. There is strong case to not proceed with such drastic action along Mobhi Road until a clearer sense of traffic patterns and volumes can be established.

Marie Sherlock

Local Area Representative

Labour Party

Phibsborough- Drumcondra- Glasnevin area, April 22nd, 2019

Submission to BusConnects corridor 4: Finglas to Phibsborough

I am a cyclist, pedestrian, motorist and bus user and local representative in the Phibsborough and Glasnevin, Drumcondra area.

I appreciate that the overall concept driving Bus Connects is to ensure greater space is allocated to buses and cyclists on the streets and roads within and around the city of Dublin. Furthermore, we have been told at Community Forums that pedestrians are to be fore in all considerations.

In that regard, the plans for the gyratory at Hart’s corner are very disappointing.  

Concerns

  • Given that many households on the Finglas road depend on their driveway for their parking space, it does not seem feasible that a small portion of that laneway could be taken, leaving households with sufficient parking space.
  • There are no improved cycling facilities for those travelling north bound onto from Hart’s corner onto Mobhi Road, nor for cyclists travelling southbound from Mobhi road onto Prospect Way.
  • While the western side of Hart’s corner will become a four lane road under the plan( Bus lanes x 2, car lane x 2 and  a cycle lane) , there are no corresponding traffic calming measure being proposed For those needing to safely navigate the Hart’s corner gyratory, there needs to be a new reduced speed limit to slow vehicular traffic.
  • An important feature of any safe cycle lane has to be continuity of lane and consistency of surface in that lane. This is vital if we are to promote more cycling and a greater diversity of people cycling, in particular families and young children. 

In that context, the sharing of space between buses and cyclists is far from ideal. Where possible, these situations must be minimised. So I would urge the NTA to look again at creating sufficient space on footpaths for mobility access and continuous cycle lanes to go behind bus-stops and at the potential to look of re-positioning some bus stops a negligible distance to accommodate this. In that regard, the NTA should reconsider the interaction of the bus stop and cycle lane outside St. Vincent’s school on the Finglas Road.

Marie Sherlock

Local Area Representative

Phibsborough Glasnevin Area, April 22nd, 2019

Submission to Bus Connects Bus Corridor 5: Blanchardstown to city centre.

I am a cyclist, pedestrian, motorist and bus user and local representative in the Navan Road and Old Cabra Road and Cabra Road area.

I appreciate that the overall concept driving Bus Connects is to ensure greater space is allocated to buses and cyclists on the streets and roads within and around the city of Dublin. In that regard, the efforts made under the Blanchardstown Bus Corridor to provide for semi- segregated cycle lanes are to be welcomed.

Furthermore, the introduction of a pedestrian bridge on the old Cabra Road is to be welcomed.

Concerns

  1. The plan to divert citybound traffic from the Old Cabra Road onto the Cabra Road and down into Phibsborough poses very serious implications for already extremely high levels of congestion in Phibsborough. It is not at all clear how over the medium term, Phibsborough will be able to sustain this inevitable increase in traffic volumes. Similarly, there is no indication as to how long a significant modal shift to public transport will take effect, if indeed at all. This route takes in large volumes of national route N3 traffic. In the absence of anything near sufficient information, it is not possible to support the cutting off of the Old Cabra Road with all the serious repercussions for Phibsborough and Stoneybatter and I would ask that alternative proposals are put forward.
  • It is vital that the bollards are retained in Cabra Drive so that it does not become a rat run between the Cabra Road and Old Cabra Road.
  • The introduction of a pedestrian bridge on the old Cabra Road is to be welcomed. However, a crossing for cyclists at or near the Glenbeigh road entrance is also necessary.
  • If the one way system on the Cabra Road is to take effect ( and I have registered my opposition above) and in order that car drivers do not breach the one way system northbound on the Old Cabra Road, it is vital that the NTA make good their commitment to use monitoring technology to detect offenders.
  • An important feature of any safe cycle lane has to be continuity of lane and consistency of surface in that lane. This is vital if we are to promote more cycling and a greater diversity of people cycling, in particular families and young children.  

In that context, the sharing of space between buses and cyclists is far from ideal. Where possible, these situations must be minimised. So I would urge the NTA to look again at creating sufficient space on footpaths for mobility access and continuous cycle lanes to go behind bus-stops and at the potential to look of re-positioning some bus stops a negligible distance to accommodate this. Between the Halfway House junction and the Prussia street stop, there is no cycling by-pass provided for at any of the bus stops.

  • In particular, this might be possible in map 21.
  • In map 24, if possible, the cycle lane could be re-located behind the set down area to minimise conflict between vehicles and cyclists in the set down area.
  • The sudden end to the cycle lane on Prussia Street and the gap between the Grangegorman campus and the two way cycle lane on Queen Street needs to be changed. To date, no plans have been provided by the GDA for a dedicated cycle path through the campus and so there can be no confidence that there will be a seamless routing connection through. It is also questionable whether cyclists will actually divert through Grangegorman if the most direct route to the quays is through Prussia Street.
  • Another feature of cycle safety is segregation. I believe the cycle lane travelling northbound on Manor street is poorly conceived and is dangerous as it is sandwiched between the bus lane and cycle lane and it goes against the recommendations contained within the National Cycle manual.
  • There is a concern relating to bidirectional cycle lanes that motorists will not anticipate cyclists from both directions if exiting a road. Therefore measures need to be taken such as sign, continuous footpath etc to ensure that motorists are forewarned.
  • There are real safety concerns for cyclists travelling northbound on Prussia Street. A further assessment of whether it is possible to continue the cycle lane as far the NCR is vital for safer left turn access to the NCR and to minimise road crossing.

More information required

  1. Ideally cycle lanes would be fully segregated from all other traffic. The idea to have the cycle path semi-segregated from the vehicular traffic with the path slightly raised from the main road is welcome. However, more detail is required on the safety of such paths.
  • Publication of detailed analysis of modal shift patterns and the timing of those shifts arising from the proposals- this is vital if you are to convince of the merits of the Old Cabra Road proposal.

Marie Sherlock,
Local area representative, Cabra Glasnevin
February 14th, 2019