I’ve made a submission to Fingal County Council calling on it to reject the proposal to extinguish the right of way on the Porterstown Road. I have also made a separate submission, outlining the major problems with the proposed pedestrian bridge.
The Council has completely failed to prove the need for this extinguishment. Arguments about health and safety are not proved as there is no evidence of any significant health and safety risks posed by the current automatic level crossing system, which has operated successfully for a considerable period of time.
Any desire to speed up services along the Maynooth rail line is also not backed up with specific evidence at this point. The diesel trains currently using the line have to stop at both Coolmine and Clonsilla stations, and are not losing significant time by slowing at the level crossing. There are no definitive plans for the electrification of this line, so arguments related to this point are unsubstantiated.
I’m also concerned that the proposal makes no adequate arrangements for dealing with dumping and associated anti-social behaviour that will likely result from creating two isolated cul-de-sacs as a result of the extinguishment.
Finally the proposal will create a major accessibility barrier for people moving between Clonsilla, the lower Porterstown Road and estates in Diswellstown. A significant number of children would currently use this road travelling to and from the nearby primary and secondary schools. The proposed pedestrian bridge is completely unsuitable as it cannot be used by bicycles and buggies, not to mention wheelchairs.
Residents in the area have made it very clear that they oppose the proposal as currently stated. I hope the Council takes these views into consider when it makes its decision.