Road upgrade is blasted by irate motorists
By Maurice Garvey
THE introduction of an “upgrade” to the road network beside Liffey Valley Shopping Centre – part of the planning requirements for the extension to centre – has caused severe frustration for angry motorists.
Roads located around the shopping centre received additional roundabouts, markings and pedestrian lights – but motorists have blasted the plans as “carnage”, citing multiple tailbacks and fender benders.
Pedestrian crossing facilities were installed at the Arc Bar and Fonthill roundabouts, along with new turning lanes, and “improvements” to traffic lights and internal roundabouts.
Residents who contacted The Echo have blasted the changes as “crazy” and “dangerous.”
One truck driver with 40 years experience on the roads, says it is “almost impossible to navigate.”
“It’s almost impossible to stay in the left-hand lane coming off the Fonthill roundabout and I’ve 40 years experience,”said the Lucan resident.
“They put pedestrian lights 15 yards past the roundabout, and you have three lanes merging into one – there are going to be fatalities. You’re looking left and right and then you have the pedestrian lights so close to the roundabout. Why?”
Lucan resident Mairead Hilliard said the area is “bedlam” and she avoids it, if at all possible, by going through Neilstown.
With Christmas shopping in full flow, residents have blasted the changes on social media as a “nightmare” and expressed concerns that the plans are focused on pedestrians in a highly motorised road network.