John Curran T.D, has recently welcomed news that South Dublin County Council (SDCC) is planning a number of measures in the New Year in an attempt to alleviate traffic congestion in Rathcoole. The TD has raised the issue of traffic congestion in Rathcoole in Dáil Eireann and with SDCC in order that action will be taken to free up thousands of commuters and residents in Rathcoole, most of whom commute to and from work in the Greater Dublin Area.

In a letter received from SDCC recently, Deputy Curran has been informed that a number of measures will be carried out and trialled in the New Year in order to alleviate the existing level of traffic congestion in Rathcoole Village at peak times and also to pre-empt the future growth in the area. “In Q1 of 2019 and on completion of the R120 upgrade, SDCC will carry out a traffic study in Rathcoole with a view to assessing the volumes of traffic exiting the N7 and travelling North to Newcastle Village particularly at morning peak.

SDCC are also planning a morning peak HGV ban in Rathcoole Village. This will be trialled in Q1 of 2019 also. “It is hoped that these measures will have a positive effect on traffic flow. The continuing rise in population combined with the construction of new housing will place subsequent pressure on the surrounding road network on the N7. Local residents are crying out for something to be done to alleviate the bottleneck that occurs every day in Rathcoole Village. “Failing to plan for growth or future demand on roads will undoubtedly weaken our local transport infrastructure and while I welcome this news from SDCC, I am continuing to raise the fact that a second Rathcoole Intersection on the N7 would help support the surrounding population of over 5,000 people, who commute to and from work in the Greater Dublin Area. Yet the Transport Minister, Shane Ross has not given one proposal that would address traffic congestion in Rathcoole and its suburbs and people are getting fed up with hours spent in traffic. I will continue to raise the issue of a second Rathcoole Intersection, concluded Deputy Curran.