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Merrion Gates removal scheme

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,070 ✭✭✭buffalo


    Spotted this in the paper this morning: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/merrion-gates-closure-plan-shelved-1.3518469
    The National Transport Authority (NTA) has shelved plans to close Dublin’s Merrion Gates level crossing to traffic and build a flyover between Strand Road and Merrion Road in Dublin 4, following huge local opposition.

    However, the authority has warned that traffic congestion at Merrion Gates is likely to worsen and a solution will have to be found in the future.

    It is also developing a new off-road cycle route, likely to involve property acquisition at Seapoint.


  • Registered Users Posts: 896 ✭✭✭Bray Head


    I think the NTA comments support the 'conspiracy theory' that says the NTA will let the problem get worse once the DART frequency increases. And then have a 'We-told-you-so'-moment in a few years and put the plan back on the cards.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    In the above post #1501, there is a planning application to scupper the preferred solution - but there are objections to it.

    The original plan was wrapped in a cycling project - many objections were about the widening of the Merrion Road and the loss of front gardens and parking spaces. That could have been tackled.

    I agree - The NTA will wait until there is grid lock for more than 50% of the day and then pull the plan out again - Merrion Gates II, now new and improved.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,308 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    In the above post #1501, there is a planning application to scupper the preferred solution - but there are objections to it.

    The original plan was wrapped in a cycling project - many objections were about the widening of the Merrion Road and the loss of front gardens and parking spaces. That could have been tackled.

    I agree - The NTA will wait until there is grid lock for more than 50% of the day and then pull the plan out again - Merrion Gates II, now new and improved.

    I don't really think it's a conspiracy theory, it's just almost an inevitable result of what's already in the pipeline. Once the ten minute dart schedule comes into play, the locals that were objecting will probably be begging for the NTA to take their gardens.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    CatInABox wrote: »
    I don't really think it's a conspiracy theory, it's just almost an inevitable result of what's already in the pipeline. Once the ten minute dart schedule comes into play, the locals that were objecting will probably be begging for the NTA to take their gardens.

    The gardens are more to do with the bus lanes and cycle lanes on the Merrion Road. The bridge is possible as a stand-alone project which will turn the outbound Strand Road traffic over the bridge and onto a T junction on the Merrion Rd next to the church. That could be done without any gardens being taken.

    The garden taking will be needed when the traffic snarl up gets bad on the Merrion Rd.


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  • Company Representative Posts: 26 Verified rep Green Party: Ossian Smyth


    The next stage of this project is for Dublin City Council and DLR county council to design separate Part 8 schemes to build the sections of the S2S within their respective local authority boundaries. Part 8 schemes must be advertised, sent out for public consultation and approved, amended or rejected by councillors.

    When dropping the bridge overpass at Merrion Church, the NTA had suggested also abandoning the seafront section of the S2S along Strand Rd. They agreed to put it back in at a recent committee meeting.

    I expect that the Merrion Rd widening with land take from gardens will now be considered separately under Bus Connects.

    The Merrion Hall planning application above has been refused by DCC although the developer may now choose to appeal that refusal at Bord Pleanála.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell



    The Merrion Hall planning application above has been refused by DCC although the developer may now choose to appeal that refusal at Bord Pleanála.

    Glad to hear that. It struck me as an outlandish plan that appeared to be trying to up the CPO value of the land take.

    I have not seen the refusal on the DCC site to see the reasons for refusal.


  • Registered Users Posts: 155 ✭✭Kevtherev1


    CatInABox wrote: »
    I don't really think it's a conspiracy theory, it's just almost an inevitable result of what's already in the pipeline. Once the ten minute dart schedule comes into play, the locals that were objecting will probably be begging for the NTA to take their gardens.


    I agree with this. This is the way to go, let the nimbys suffer with another decade and half of gridlock while every other road improvement is made. They will be begging in the future. Tell them they had their chance and objected.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    Kevtherev1 wrote: »
    I agree with this. This is the way to go, let the nimbys suffer with another decade and half of gridlock while every other road improvement is made. They will be begging in the future. Tell them they had their chance and objected.

    There is a mismatch between who suffers the pain of traffic grid lock and tailbacks, and who loses their garden and parking space.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    Irish Times article on level crossing safety - today is International Level Crossing Safety Awareness Day apparently.

    The video includes a couple of lorries taking the Merrion gates with them.


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  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,308 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    Irish Times article on level crossing safety - today is Level Crossing Safety Awareness Day apparently.

    The video includes a couple of lorries taking the Merrion gates with them.

    How long does a strike on the barriers take the level crossing out for? Do trains have to stop in the meantime?


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    CatInABox wrote: »
    How long does a strike on the barriers take the level crossing out for? Do trains have to stop in the meantime?

    Well, in the past, they pull away the damaged gates and put a few guys in hi-viz jackets to control the traffic. Trains usually disrupted for an hour or so. Traffic eventually diverts around it but chaos ensues from Blackrock to the canal, depending on evening or morning.

    It needs to be replaced with one of the proposed schemes, preferably the one that goes through the car parks.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 4,691 ✭✭✭4ensic15


    The should close the Sydney parade and Booterstown stations and restore the station at the Merrion gates. The traffic could pass through the gates when the trains are stopped.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    4ensic15 wrote: »
    The should close the Sydney parade and Booterstown stations and restore the station at the Merrion gates. The traffic could pass through the gates when the trains are stopped.

    How would that work?

    If the trains stop at Merrion Gates, the gates close for longer, due to the requirement to allow for the train overshooting the station, so gates would be closed for longer.

    Sydney Parade serves St Vincent's University Hospital, and a shuttle bus to UCD and Clonskeagh. Booterstown serves several schools including St Andrews.

    No, it would not be a good idea.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,308 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    How would that work?

    If the trains stop at Merrion Gates, the gates close for longer, due to the requirement to allow for the train overshooting the station, so gates would be closed for longer.

    Sydney Parade serves St Vincent's University Hospital, and a shuttle bus to UCD and Clonskeagh. Booterstown serves several schools including St Andrews.

    No, it would not be a good idea.

    With the ten minute schedule, it'd be a disaster.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 4,691 ✭✭✭4ensic15


    How would that work?

    If the trains stop at Merrion Gates, the gates close for longer, due to the requirement to allow for the train overshooting the station, so gates would be closed for longer.

    Sydney Parade serves St Vincent's University Hospital, and a shuttle bus to UCD and Clonskeagh. Booterstown serves several schools including St Andrews.

    No, it would not be a good idea.

    The Merrion gates are as close to St Vincents as Sydney parade. The schools are accessible from Blackrock. The gates have to close anyway once a train leaves either Booterstown or Sydney parade.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,831 ✭✭✭✭josip


    4ensic15 wrote: »
    The Merrion gates are as close to St Vincents as Sydney parade. The schools are accessible from Blackrock. The gates have to close anyway once a train leaves either Booterstown or Sydney parade.


    St Andrews is accessible from Blackrock?

    Do you have any knowledge of the area?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 124 ✭✭May Contain Small Parts


    4ensic15 wrote: »
    The should close the Sydney parade and Booterstown stations and restore the station at the Merrion gates. The traffic could pass through the gates when the trains are stopped.

    You're giving ways that the scheme could be avoided...but out of curiousity, why do you think it should be avoided?


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    4ensic15 wrote: »
    The Merrion gates are as close to St Vincents as Sydney parade. The schools are accessible from Blackrock. The gates have to close anyway once a train leaves either Booterstown or Sydney parade.

    Neither of those statements are correct.

    The current timetable tries to get the N and S bound trains to cross at Merrion Gates. That would be pointless if they both have to stop.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 4,691 ✭✭✭4ensic15


    Neither of those statements are correct.

    The current timetable tries to get the N and S bound trains to cross at Merrion Gates. That would be pointless if they both have to stop.

    On the 10 minute cycle, they will almost never cross. They might as well be closed permanently.


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    4ensic15 wrote: »
    On the 10 minute cycle, they will almost never cross. They might as well be closed permanently.

    That was the plan - build a bridge at a cost of €5 m to €15 million, depending on where the bridge is built.


  • Registered Users Posts: 896 ✭✭✭Bray Head


    Booterstown is actually used by 1,600 DART passengers a day.

    About on a par with Greystones.

    If I was to target any southside station it would be Seapoint which gets half the use - although I'm not sure it would speed up the service much.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,284 ✭✭✭D.L.R.


    4ensic15 wrote: »
    The should close the Sydney parade and Booterstown stations and restore the station at the Merrion gates. The traffic could pass through the gates when the trains are stopped.

    Why not just close all the stations, you'll be able to get from nowhere to nowhere instantly :rolleyes:


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 4,691 ✭✭✭4ensic15


    Bray Head wrote: »
    Booterstown is actually used by 1,600 DART passengers a day.

    About on a par with Greystones.

    If I was to target any southside station it would be Seapoint which gets half the use - although I'm not sure it would speed up the service much.
    If Booterstown was transferred to the Merrion Road bottle bank it would be even busier. passengers would get off on the main road instead of at the end of a stupid car park.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,279 ✭✭✭NuMarvel


    4ensic15 wrote: »
    If Booterstown was transferred to the Merrion Road bottle bank it would be even busier. passengers would get off on the main road instead of at the end of a stupid car park.

    So you want to move a station nearly a kilometre up the track, making an already notorious bottleneck worse, just to so people won't have to walk 100 metres to get to the main road. Many of whom will now have further to walk to get to their final destinations because the station has been moved further away, by the way.

    I'm sorry, but none of your suggestions make any sense. They don't seem to solve any actual problems, and even if they did, any potential value is far outweighed by the additional difficulties they will create. There is nothing to be gained by building a station next to the crossing in it current configuration.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    4ensic15 wrote: »
    If Booterstown was transferred to the Merrion Road bottle bank it would be even busier. passengers would get off on the main road instead of at the end of a stupid car park.

    The Merrion Gates stop was not an alternative to Booterstown, it was an alternative to Sydney Parade.

    There is no significant traffic generator to be served by a stop at Merrion Gates, while there at both Booterstown and Sydney Parade.

    Stopping trains at Merrion Gates would lead to longer gate closures.

    Bus Connects may be used to reignite the closure proposal. Let us hope.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 4,691 ✭✭✭4ensic15


    The Merrion Gates stop was not an alternative to Booterstown, it was an alternative to Sydney Parade.

    There is no significant traffic generator to be served by a stop at Merrion Gates, while there at both Booterstown and Sydney Parade.

    Stopping trains at Merrion Gates would lead to longer gate closures.

    Bus Connects may be used to reignite the closure proposal. Let us hope.

    Vincents Hospital, the new national Maternity Hospital and the Elm Park development and UCD would all generate traffic for a stop beside Merrion Gates. If Booterstown and Sydney parade were closed, it would be very busy.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 19,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sam Russell


    4ensic15 wrote: »
    Vincents Hospital, the new national Maternity Hospital and the Elm Park development and UCD would all generate traffic for a stop beside Merrion Gates. If Booterstown and Sydney parade were closed, it would be very busy.

    Why close busy stations? Sydney Parade serves Vincent's - the new maternity hospital is going to be in Vincent's - within it - not on another site.

    There is no plan and no justification for anything close to what you are suggesting.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 4,691 ✭✭✭4ensic15


    Why close busy stations? Sydney Parade serves Vincent's - the new maternity hospital is going to be in Vincent's - within it - not on another site.

    There is no plan and no justification for anything close to what you are suggesting.

    There are too many stations. Too many stops, hence more delay.


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  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,308 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    4ensic15 wrote: »
    There are too many stations. Too many stops, hence more delay.

    Stations aren't delays.


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