Since getting elected to the Council, I’ve been working to get Transport Infrastructure Ireland to take steps to commit to residents living along the M50 that it will reduce noise pollution coming from the Motorway. Transport Infrastructure Ireland is the body that has taken over responsibility for roads and motorways from the National Roads Authority (NRA) in the last 6 months.
In September 2014, I and other local councillors attended a public meeting arranged to discuss the persistent noise and air pollution issues being generated by the M50. Since then, I have been pursuing the issue within Fingal County Council, and successfully lobbied to get a noise monitor installed in the area.
I have repeatedly attempted to get the National Roads Authority to attend a meeting of the Council to answer questions about the pollution issues and how they can be addressed. The NRA has now been restructured into a new organisation called Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). At my request, Fingal’s Director of Services for Operations, Ethna Felten, wrote to TII regarding possible measures to reduce noise and air pollution along the M50. At this time, TII are taking the position that they only have to undertake sound-proofing works on new roads or when works are being undertaken on an existing road”.
Currently, I am focusing on achieving two specific goals. Firstly, I want Fingal to secure a commitment from TII that when they are next resurfacing the M50, they will use a noise reducing surface, such as is used at the Newlands Cross bridge, along the entire Dublin 15 section. Secondly, I have a motion down to insert an objective in the new Fingal Development Plan, which is currently being drafted, that noise reduction barriers would be installed along the Laurel Lodge boundary.
While the M50 is a hugely important piece of transport infrastructure, it is not fair that those living close to it should have their quality of life affected, particularly since it was widened. Transport Infrastructure Ireland must take basic steps to reduce the noise levels for people living along the most noisy sections, particularly at Laurel Lodge and Diswellstown.