1 November 2016:
A total of €50m is to be spent on improving the current congestion around the Merrion Gates on the south side of the city.
A new road is also proposed by the National Transport Authority to cross the Dart line at Strand Road while walking and cycling facilities are also planned.
It is hoped the new route would ease delays for commuters and motorists during rush hour.
The main elements of the plan include:
• A new cycleway to run along Dublin Bay between Irishtown and Seapoint totalling 6.5km, plus completion of the Blackrock to city centre pedestrian and cycle route.
• The Merrion Gate level crossing will be closed and the area made a cul-de-sac with a pedestrian and cycling underpass beneath the Dart line.
• The Strand Road – which connects with the Merrion Road – will be realigned to include a new bridge over the Dart line, that will be located some 250m north of the current level crossing.
• This short link road will connect the southern end of the Strand Road to Merrion Road, north of the existing Merrion Gates junction and pass through the grounds of Merrion Hall and the car park area of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church.
• A 250m pedestrian boardwalk over the beach on the Strand Road is also proposed.
• A major upgrade of the Rock Road and Merrion Road will include new bus lanes and a segregated cycletrack.
• A segregated cycleway on Rock Road will move through parkland until Blackrock station, before continuing onto Idrone Terrace and Newtown Avenue. Sections of these roads will become one-way to facilitate the cycletrack.
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