Over recent months, there has been some speculation over the future of the level crossing at Porterstown. In particular, concerns have been raised regarding whether if it is closed, provision will be made for pedestrian access along the Porterstown Road. This is particularly important for parents bringing their children to and from St. Mochta’s National School.
I recently contacted the National Transport Authority (NTA) to find out what their plans for the level crossing are. They have confirmed to me that they are looking at the possibility of closing the Porterstown crossing, in conjunction with Irish Rail and Fingal County Council (see link below). Such an action would be statutory process. However, they also stated that if a final decision was made to close the level crossing, “ … consideration will be given to the provision of appropriate, alternative pedestrian and cycle facilities”.
I am pleased to see that the NTA are open to the need to keep some level of pedestrian access along the Porterstown Road, even if it is closed to vehicular traffic. The route along the Porterstown Road is the safest for the many parents who bring their children from estates like Luttrelstown or Riverwood on foot to school at St. Mochta’s. I will work to make sure that any change to the status of the level crossing will not impact negatively on these parents.