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Old October 29th, 2014, 02:04 PM   #1001
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It really is noticeable the increase in traffic over the last few months. My bus route is on one of the QBCs which goes along the N4 and at rush hour the traffic is chronic at times, it's added around 10 minutes to my commute. The buses too seem fuller than last year. Dublin Bus will have to add new buses to their fleet soon in places to ensure the capacity is there to meet demand.
I had noticed on my irregular trips up there.

The same in Galway ....and since the summer the traffic is heading back to 2006/7 levels again.

Buses are more plentiful than back then ( thank God) but nothing can be done to the road network until they finally build that bloody bypass.
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Old October 29th, 2014, 09:51 PM   #1002
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Work to begin on Gort to Tuam motorway in January
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Work on the Gort to Tuam motorway is set to commence in January.

Advance ground testing on the long awaited route got underway this month.

The motorway is due to open to traffic in 2018 and is expected to ease congestion by bypassing Tuam, Ardrahan, Claregalway, Kilcolgan, Clarinbridge and Gort.

In January, substantive work on the route will begin.

This will include stripping of topsoil, excavation, fencing and the construction of site compounds.

This will take place over three segments – in Tuam, Gort and along the mid-section at Abbeyknockmoy/Athenry.

Direct Route, the contracting consortium for the new motorway, includes three Irish companies- Roadbridge, John Sisk, and Lagan Construction.

Up to a thousand people are expected to work on the route at peak construction times.

It’s set to reach completion in November 2017.
http://galwaybayfm.ie/work-begin-gor...orway-january/
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Old October 30th, 2014, 02:55 PM   #1003
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Top quality reporting! Within the same text it says the road will open in 2018 and 2017.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 09:37 PM   #1004
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It will open c. end H1 2017....based on the contractors record. They can do it in 2 years but allowing for rain etc and problem Turloughs ( the road passes the biggest Turlough in Ireland between Craughwell and Kilcolgan ).......I'd say it will be open for the races in 2017.

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Old October 31st, 2014, 01:04 AM   #1005
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It will open c. end H1 2017....based on the contractors record. They can do it in 2 years but allowing for rain etc and problem Turloughs ( the road passes the biggest Turlough in Ireland between Craughwell and Kilcolgan ).......I'd say it will be open for the races in 2017.
Do you think it will do anything for Galway city's pernicious traffic problems or is the bypass the main fix for that?
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Old October 31st, 2014, 03:56 AM   #1006
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Gort - Tuam will do nothing for Galway City Dvblinia. It will relieve the south eastern and north eastern approaches somewhat, especially Claregalway. It means long distance traffic is kept away form Galway on the N/S route and not dragged in to the quagmire very near the town.

The Galway Bypass is off to a bad restart with a dodgy constraints study that could end up in court before any route is selected I hear.

But I am confident ( weather being accomodating especially in 2015) that it will open by summer 2017 latest.

A Part 8 improvement of some of the 5 miles of awful road south of Ballindine is also on the cards in the 2018 timeframe. If they can build a 1+1 around Milltown and all the way north to Ballindine that will surely do for quite some time, around 5 miles of it. Ballindine does not need a bypass and south of Milltown to Tuam is good road.

I do not expect 2+2 of any sort from north of Tuam to near enough Sligo for as long as I live. A good 1+1 from north of Tuam to around N Tubbercurry would do, if we had one on all of it.

Much is already done but not all. North of Tubbercurry to around Grange Co. Sligo should really be a 2+2 of some sort I think.

However Motorway would be overkill anywhere in the North West of Ireland. What is required in the main is safe 1+1 or 2+2 rather than goat tracks, Sligo has the majority of these goat tracks.

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Old October 31st, 2014, 04:39 PM   #1007
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A few decent roads from Ballinrobe - Tuam and Ballinrobe - Headford - Galway wouldn't hurt either.
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Old November 1st, 2014, 02:54 AM   #1008
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Pic on twitter of Newlands X - lines being painted etc

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Old November 2nd, 2014, 11:30 PM   #1009
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Check out this drone footage from the last day or two. Shows Newlands X construction plus M50 interchange with the N7.

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Old November 3rd, 2014, 03:29 AM   #1010
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We won't mention that it was entirely shot in a controlled airspace near Casement Aerodrome...seeing as it is a lovely vid and all.

Why do we still call Air Force HQ an Aerodrome does anyone know ???
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 04:22 AM   #1011
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Is it Baldonnell or Casement?
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 06:13 AM   #1012
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Newlands East

Interesting what a steady platform those drones give in near-windless conditions, which prevailed yesterday (Sunday) morning for a few hours after dawn. Judging by the shadows cast I'd reckon it was shot at about 10-11AM.

I had been past that stretch myself at 07.40 hours on my way to a glorious morning row at Islandbridge.

Pity the pilot stopped short of filming the actual Red Cow interchange as it is our 'Spaghetti Junction', with the Luas threaded through it. Also he could have filmed the actual Newlands bridge, which is turning out quite handsome.

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Old November 3rd, 2014, 04:32 PM   #1013
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Lets not forget that while Newlands was the last set of traffic lights to be converted to freeflow on the High Capacity road network in the south ....there are still a lot of necessary Motorway widening jobbies in the pipeline in the Dublin area and it would be sensible to do them before the roads get brutally congested ...a la the M50 for most of its lifetime.

Priorities are:

M50 SE to M11 Bray Fassaroe > Extra lane each way.
M4 Maynooth East to M4 Leixlip > Extra lane each way.
M7/M9 Junction to M7 Naas East > > Extra lane each way

The third of which may be partially done in 2015.

There is near 30km in that lot, the M1 widening is already done ( since 2009) unless they want to widen another few km as far as Balbriggan South next.

Not forgetting the Dunkettle Junction in Cork either which is the other priority upgrade.
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 05:14 PM   #1014
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Be very easy to widen the M1 past Balbriggan. Plenty of space.
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Old November 4th, 2014, 12:19 AM   #1015
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Some great development sites beside the Newland's Cross! One would think that some of those fields will be converted into logistics centres/hotels/industrial units now that the enhanced Newlands Cross is next door.
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There was always confusion about Newlands Cross and the N7 as far as the M50. Is it a main road or an urban street. I would say road, others say street.
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Old November 14th, 2014, 08:25 PM   #1017
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The Nx flyover is opening next Thursday.

Drive through Newlands Cross? We’ve some good news for you

The NRA says the new flyover should be open to traffic by Thursday.


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Old November 14th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #1018
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The Nx flyover is opening next Thursday.
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Old November 15th, 2014, 12:17 AM   #1019
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A bit ot but who was flying the drone ?, at the start of the clip it was clearly above traffic, i find it a bit irresponsible and dangerous, if for whatever reason it lost power or control and fell onto a car or the road ... .

Whoever it was probably didn't realize the potential danger .

On the other hand interesting and nice to see motorways in Ireland .
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Excellent! They have really excelled themselves with this project!

One point though, I find it slightly disconcerting that there are no hard shoulders on the flyover. God help anybody unlucky enough to break down on the bridge.

On the bright side the CPO allowed for alot of room for future growth when you look at the amount of space between the Southbound carriageway and the perimeter wall on the Belgard Road Boundary.

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