— People cycling expected to stop at up to six traffic lights to make one turn.
A large-scale road-widening project planned in Blanchardstown is centred on adding capacity for cars and bus/BRT with low priority for cycling and walking.
The Snugborough Interchange Upgrade project includes a new bridge across the N3 and “widening of all road approaches” to the interchange.
Fingal County Council claims that the projects includes “new high quality pedestrian/cyclist facilities”. But, even with massive road widening, cycling and walking is planned to be mixed at junctions, the widths of cycle paths are sub-standard, cycling is mixed with both heavy traffic and with pedestrians.
Even where there are segregated cycle paths, there are few signs of buffer space between the paths and busy roads.
Despite the Manual for Urban Streets and Roads telling councils not to have staggered crossings nearly all of the junction legs have staggered crossing. In line with guidance, all current slip turns are removed, but one new one is added.
A sample of the maps and drawings for the projects are provided below without comment:
LINK: Junction on Google Maps.
The main junction:
A close-up of the main junction:
Road towards the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre:
Snugborough Road towards the west:
Existing and planned bridges over the N3:
Extended underpass: (our highlighting in pupal)
Snugborough Road towards the north/east: