Review urgently required of plastic bollards erected in parts of Bray – Brady

Mick Ryan and John Brady believe that the plastic bollards erected by Wicklow County Council should be reviewed.

Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady stated “The focus of apprehension lies particularly on Bray Main Street, where these bollards have become a source of significant traffic congestion, creating a bottleneck effect due to the insufficient width of the road in sections. The road’s constrained dimensions hinder the smooth passage of buses and vans, resulting in a gridlock that obstructs the entire street.

The purpose of installing the bollards was to create a segregated cycle track. In principle this is something that we support. However, this should be done only following a detailed survey on feasibility of installing them and ensuring that it can be done without having a serious impact on the safety of other road users. It is important to ensure the safety of cyclists and the creation of segregated cycleways do this, however there are other ways to achieve this, and these must be explored.

The bollards were installed by the council without any public consultation with the public or indeed local councillors. This should not be the way that schemes that will impact so many are implemented.

This congestion on Bray Main Street not only compromises the efficiency of traffic flow but also poses a considerable challenge to pedestrian safety. The inability of buses and vans to navigate the narrowed road leads to disruptions that impact both vehicular and foot traffic. There have been instances where emergency vehicles have been delayed when they were unable to pass other vehicles due to the restricted roadway.”

Bray Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Ryan said “It is important at this stage that an urgent and thorough review of the current bollard placement be carried out.

Our concern extends beyond Bray Main Street to other areas within the town where these plastic bollards have suffered damage, escalating safety issues. Damaged bollards, now scattered across cycle tracks, present a clear and immediate risk to cyclists and pedestrians alike. This poses a threat to the safety and well-being of those utilising these tracks for daily commuting and recreation. In light of these pressing issues, we call upon Wicklow County Council to prioritise the safety and efficiency of Bray’s infrastructure by initiating a comprehensive review of the plastic bollards’ impact.

This review should assess the implications on traffic congestion and safety hazards, seeking solutions to rectify the current challenges. It is our sincere hope that the Council will respond promptly to these concerns, ensuring the effective functionality of Bray’s roads and cycle tracks for the benefit of all residents and visitors. The well-being and safety of our community depend on proactive measures to address these pressing issues.”

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