One of the busiest manually operated rail level crossings on the Iarnród Éireann network at Reilly’s Crossing on the Ratoath Road, Dublin has been replaced with a bridge, benefiting rail customers, road users and pedestrians alike.
Work started on the new bridge in June 2013 and has been completed to schedule. The €9.8 million Iarnród Éireann project has been developed in co-operation with Dublin City Council and is funded by the National Transport Authority.
The new bridge will, in tandem with other planned projects, allow for future increased capacity on the busy Maynooth to Dublin rail line for train services. It will immediately eliminate major road congestion at the crossing, with 107 trains passing through the level crossing each day, including up to 55 services at peak times causing constant traffic queues while the gates are closed. These vehicles will now use a modern bridge over the rail line with capacity for all users in the area.
The project links the Ratoath Road from a point approximately 300 metres south of the existing level crossing to the Ballyboggan Road junction to the north. Works included the construction of 500 metres of road, a bridge over the railway and canal and a junction with the Ballyboggan Road.
The new bridge will greatly help with the traffic flow on the Ratoath Road which provides a very widely used north-south connection from the North Inner City and Cabra to Finglas. Increased traffic and pedestrian safety together with the reduction in traffic congestion in the area will enable improved accessibility and linkages at peak and off peak times for work, shopping and leisure purposes. The road will also provide a much needed improvement to pedestrian and cycle facilities along this section of the Ratoath Road.
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