Bollards will now be put in place to protect the eastbound cycle lane as a new right turning lane is to be trialed at the junction of Newtownpark Avenue and Stradbrook Road in Dublin.
The junction is at the eastern end of the Blackrock bypass walking and cycling upgrade project, officially known as the Frascati Road/Temple Hill Improvement Scheme.
As part of the scheme on this section of roadway, cycle lanes replaced the previous long turning lanes, so an 24 hour turning ban was recommended for the junction by the National Transport Authority. Only a partial PM peak turning ban was chosen by the council after public consultation. The lack of a turning ban and the traffic signal setup has caused tailbacks for motorists and buses.
In January, we reported how a planned design to aid traffic flow would have included buses and trucks swerving into the cycle lane at the junction — a design criticised by cycling campaigners and councillors. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council now says it will trial an alternative version of the design where the turning lane is shortened and the cycle lane is protected by bollards.
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New road markings, bollards and a revised traffic signal stagings are to be implemented on a trial bases from around Easter for three to six months. If the latest plan is not effective or safe, the council says it will then look at a right turn ban stopping traffic moments from Temple Hill to Newtownpark Avenue.
The latest planned design (shown above) will have its setbacks — if four cars are trying to turn right, a bus will not be able to pass them causing traffic to stop.
On the alternative of road widening, council officials say that it is not a viable alternative. The houses along the road are at “a much higher level then the road” and the setting back of the road would mean access would be “difficult if not impossible to achieve”.