There's a process underway to identify and tackle noise blackspots in our County. The question is, will it lead to any meaningful action
Over the last number of years I have been raising the need to tackle traffic noise affecting residents in our County through correspondence, motions and contributions at meetings. This includes the M50 which affects adjoining residential areas in Palmerstown and Clondalkin, as well as the N4 which has already been shown to cause problems for estates adjacent in Lucan in an area heading from Woodville towards Hillcrest.
I've also raised the Outer Ring (Grange Castle Road) in the past, most recently in relation to Moy Glas, but also referenced estates such as Fforster, Foxborough, Mount Bellew, Bewley, St Andrews and Willsbrook.
Action by Transport Infrastucture Ireland and/or the Council has tended to be minimal, with each agency often cross-referencing the other and, as an elected rep, you often get passed from one to the other and back again. Whether it's looking for physical barriers, additional tree planting, or a resurfacing, action has been slow and piecemeal.
This is by means of referencing a reply by the Council to my most recent motion on this general issue on 28th February last. The reply indicated that South Dublin will be heavily involved in a national plan to develop and assess noise reduction measures. This is sorely needed as overall traffic levels, especially at peak times are only predicted to rise for the foreseeable future - and this won't improve without meaningful public transport and active travel solutions.
I could go on, but the best thing to do is to link to a pdf of the presentation itself. This outlines the process over the next 12 months, which will included consultation with members of the public on how best to proceed going forward.
All the details are here: