New houses adding to Carrigaline traffic woes

New houses adding to Carrigaline traffic woes
The growing Carrigaline suburban area. Picture: Richard Mills.

A NEW housing development on the northside of Carrigaline is contributing to tailbacks in the already congested town.

The housing development which will bring up to 800 homes in the coming years at Janeville has seen a number of units purchased in the last year, adding more vehicles to a town that has a population of almost 16,000 people.

Local Councillor John A Collins has continually called for traffic calming measures such as the widening of the Bóthar Guidel town bypass and a one-way system in the town itself.

Carrigaline commuters have reported sitting in traffic jams while trying to get into the town during rush hour in recent weeks.

“The development of the new housing scheme in Janeville is contributing to a bit of a bottleneck in the evenings. The sheer volume of traffic and people living here has gone beyond capacity for the infrastructure that we have,” said Mr Collins.

“I have no problem with more houses in Carrigaline, provided the infrastructure is put in in advance, but it hasn’t been and this will continue until such time as we have proper access in and out of the town.

“The back-up of traffic coming down Carr’s Hill into the roundabout at Shannonpark is exacerbated by the amount of traffic that leads off that roundabout to Ringaskiddy.

“North, south, east or west, irrespective of what part of the village that you live in, people are affected,” he added.

The Western Relief Road in Carrigaline is expected to be ready for construction in quarter two of 2018 when designs are completed.

Engineering and project management company, Atkins, signed a contract to complete the design in May but local councillors have said traffic is getting worse weekly. The relief road is to be located a short distance west of Carrigaline Main Street and it is hoped it will allow traffic to bypass the town centre and allow for further development.

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