John Curran T.D. has called for the urgent need for the NTA and Transport Minister Shane Ross to begin liaising in order to provide a grade separated upgrade at the N4 / Kennelsfort Road / Palmerstown Intersection. Deputy Curran was commenting after receiving information from the NTA and the Minister for Transport on the matter; “In the NTA’s reply to me they state that the appropriate national funding body with whom to discuss this objective is the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, however Transport Minister, Shane Ross in his reply to me states that the NTA has full responsibility for this junction.

In March of this year, South Dublin County Council also contacted the NTA who again stated that the sole responsibility is with the Transport Department. This is a ridiculous situation to have occurred where this issue is being passed around, with no body taking responsibility to upgrade this junction. I have continued to raise this issue for many years now and I am urging both parties to not delay any further. This Junction is the cause of long delays for commuters on the N4 and residents in Palmerstown have had serious traffic congestion at this junction for a long time. The upgrade of this junction is badly needed to manage traffic flows to revitalise Palmerstown Village area in terms of retail, tourism and heritage.

“The Bus Connects – Lucan to City Centre Bus Corridor – is currently going through a public consultation process and I have made my views very clear that this intersection needs a separation upgrade in order to alleviate traffic on the N4 and the Palmerstown Area and to provide the high frequency, quality bus corridor that is promised through Bus Connects. “In light of the significant Capital Expenditure that is available for the Lucan to City Centre Core Bus Corridor, as part of Dublin Bus Connects Project, it makes complete sense that the NTA, Transport Department and South Dublin County Council would come together and liaise on this issue at this time,” concluded Deputy Curran.