A plan to proceed with interim walking and cycling safety changes at Hanlons Corner in Dublin is expected to go to public consultation soon.
As reported by IrishCycle.com, the issue was discussed by councillors before Christmas. Some changes have been made since then.
The proposed work includes protected cycle lanes, the removal of left turn slip lane onto Old Cabra Road while retaining the left turn, advanced green signals, iron bollards to stop footpath parking and removal of guardrails.
Cllr Ray McAdam (FG) said: “As Chair of the Dublin Central Area Committee, I can confirm in response to these issues, Transportation Engineers have provided clarity in respect of a number of these points and are seeking further observations and input from residents.”
“Once the Area Committee has agreed on this approach, a consultation can be held with a report on the submissions made being presented to Councillors for our consideration. The National Transport Authority has indicated that it would be prepared to fund improvements to road safety at Hanlon’s Corner as well as the full re-surfacing of the junction,” he wrote on his website.
Existing pedestrian islands will be removed to make space cycle lanes, with traffic signals adjusted to increase pedestrian crossing time.
A plan to narrow the footpath on the south east side of the junction, on the North Circular Road, will not proceed. But council officials also ruled out realigning the road to take advantage of more space on the northern side.
Cllr McAdam said that the designers have concerns about realigning the road over such a short distance and that it would be best addressed a longer-term project to improve walking and cycling along the North Circular Road under the Active Travel Office.