Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has welcomed conformation of the proposed timeframe which has been confirmed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) regarding plans to establish three bus-based Park and Ride sites along the N11/M11 in the area of Fassaroe, Ashford, Rathnew, and Kilpedder, in conjunction with the Wicklow County Council, and the various transport agencies who will operate in the areas, which will be developed by the
Park and Ride Development Office (PRDO).
Brady described the announcement of the timeframe for the development of the Park and Ride facilities very welcome, as the Park essential to encouraging the maximum use of public transport, and taking traffic off the roads, particularly at the busiest times of the day, preventing logjams. With the Park and Ride projects currently in design stage, the NTA intend to commence the planning consent process for Fassaroe in Q2 2023, for Ashford/Rathnew in Q3 2023 and for Kilpedder in Q3/Q4 2023. Subject to planning approval, the aim is to deliver Fassaroe in Q4 2024, Ashford/Rathnew in Q1 2025 and Kilpedder in Q2 2025.
“I welcome confirmation from the NTA of the progress to date in respect of their efforts to support plans to ease traffic congestion along one of the busiest routes in the County. I have been in regular consultation with Minister Eamon Ryan in relation to the development of Park and Ride facilities along the N11 / M11 route in Wicklow and am happy to see that progress has been made in regard to the establishment of a timeframe.
The PRDO will be responsible for the delivery of the project, working in conjunction with Wicklow County Council, and the various transport agencies operating in the County. Which will involve the establishment of three bus-based Park and Ride sites along the N11/M11 in the vicinities of Fassaroe, Ashford/Rathnew and Kilpedder. All of the sites in question are currently in design stage, and I have been informed that there is objective of commencing the planning consents process for Fassaroe in the second quarter of 2023, for Ashford/Rathnew this will be the third quarter of 2023 and for Kilpedder the planning process will run towards the end of this year. Subject to planning approval, the aim is to deliver Fassaroe towards the end of 2024, Ashford/Rathnew at the start of 2025 and Kilpedder in the second quarter of 2025.
This is an important development for commuters in County Wicklow and will greatly assist in making public transport more accessible for people and easing traffic congestion by taking cars off busy roads.”