Plans to close the level crossing at Bray Daly station will result in chaos

Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has said that any plans to close the level crossing which is located at Bray Daly station on the Quinsboro Road that leads to Bray seafront will result in chaos and put public safety at risk.

Deputy Brady said “It is very concerning that discussions are taking place with a view of possibly closing the vital level crossing which is located at Bray Daly Station. This vital crossing over the rail tracks leads to Bray Seafront is an extremely busy crossing. I have very serious concerns that Iarnród Éireann, the National Transport Authority (NTA) or any other body would contemplate its closure as it would cause chaos and result in no added benefits for rail users.”

“For anyone to think that redirecting traffic from this crossing down the Seapoint Road with its height restricted bridge would work, is showing a real lack of knowledge of the area. This is a recipe for disaster. The height restricted bridge on the Seapoint Road is not designed for a high volume of traffic, it is neither wide enough nor high enough. Fire tenders are unable to pass under it due to height restrictions, so closing the level crossing would seriously restrict access to the seafront for emergency vehicles, putting public safety at risk.”

“Safety on the Seapoint Road is currently under threat due to plans to develop a bridge over the Dargle River leading onto the road. The road is not suitable for the increased volume of traffic from a bridge such as that. However, the notion of all traffic redirected down Seapoint coupled with that of a bridge is a recipe for chaos and disaster and must be opposed.”

Deputy Brady concluded “I have written to the Minister for Transport Eamonn Ryan, the NTA and to Iarnród Éireann asking for a meeting to discuss the plans and to voice my total opposition.

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