Important milestone in addressing chronic traffic congestion on M11 as ARUP consultants appointed

Deirdre Forde, Donal McDaid, Ken Freeman, Wicklow County Council Cathaoirleach Pat Vance, Michael Flynn, CEO of Wicklow County Council Frank Curran and Virginia Kangley at the signing of the appointment of Ove Arup & Partners LTD as consultant engineers on the N11/M11 Junction 4 to14 improvement Scheme

Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has welcomed as an important milestone the appointment on Tuesday of ARUP consultants start the design process of the M11 upgrade project. The appointment of the contractors follows the needs assessment report that was published in 2017. The report recommended the upgrading of the M11 to 3 lanes.

Speaking after discussions with the National Roads Design Office Teachta Brady said “The appointment of ARUP consultants to start the design process of the M11 upgrade is an important milestone and will be warmly welcomed by the many thousands of road users caught in lengthy and growing traffic jams along the M11 on a daily basis. The appointment of ARUP on Tuesday starts the design process that will see the M11 upgraded to 3 lanes.”

“Over the coming weeks a dedicated project website is to be set up to keep people informed of the project. A public consultation day is also to be organised, this will be held locally and it’s anticipated that it will happen in December. It’s important that people engage at the early stages of the design process, and I urge people to attend this consultation day once the date is set.”

“It’s important that this critical project progresses as swiftly as possible, and the government need to ensure that funding is ring-fenced to ensure that once the design and planning process is exhausted that it can proceed to construction without delay.”

Brady continued “I also welcome the progress on the developing the parallel service road in Kilmacanogue. It’s hoped to move to the tendering stage with that project in the coming weeks, this will hopefully see the appointment of a contractor to carry out the works over the coming months. This will finally address the lethal situation at the service station on the southbound lane on the M11 in Kilmac. There are issues regarding pedestrians using the M11 that need to be addressed however.”

Teachta Brady concluded “The traffic congestion on the M11 is having a big negative impact on Wicklow and its citizens and the upgrade of the M11 is crucially important to allow the County develop economically and socially. The road upgrade is not the panacea to all the traffic problems however; we also need to see progress on extending the LUAS to Wicklow and ultimately the Metro. We also need urgent movement on the N81 upgrade scheme that has been shelved and I will continue to lobby the Minister on the project.”

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