Plans to widen dangerous Le Fanu bridge are dashed

By Maurice Garvey

PEDESTRIANS using Le Fanu Road bridge are unlikely to find a footpath to walk on anytime soon, after a local councillor’s plans to widen the bridge were dashed.

A major drawback is that the bridge lies over a railway track, and forms part of Irish Rail plans for a Kildare route project, which has been deferred.

Le Fanu Bridge

The narrow Le Fanu bridge heading for Cherry Orchard

Independants4Change Councillor Paul Hand requested Dublin City Council work with Irish Rail on finding a solution at the recent area committee meeting on Wednesday, May 23.

“The railway bridge on Le Fanu Road is very narrow and exceptionally dangerous for both pedestrians and motorists,” said Cllr Hand.

“The problem is it is over a railway line.”

Dublin City Council area manager Bruce Phillips said Irish Rail had planned to do work in that area of the line but it had been deferred.

He said the Kildare Route Project Phase 2 is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Mr Phillips said: “It may happen in the medium to long term, but we are unable to give any commitments. Also, in relation to DCC, we don’t have any plans to carry out works in the area in the foreseeable future.”

Cllr Hand requested Dublin City Council write to the CEO of Irish Rail on the matter, which was agreed by councillors.

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