In a briefing released under FOI legislation Transport Infrastructure Ireland has finally admitted that the M1 motorway was never intended to solve the traffic problems in Julianstown.
The briefing, prepared for Deputy Imelda Munster, analysed the effect of removing the Donore Road sliproad tolls. These tolls are a bone of contention for the retail parks located at the motorway exits in Drogheda since they impose a toll on traffic using the M1 to travel from one side of Drogheda to the other. The conclusion of the briefing was that removing these tolls would increase traffic by 4,500 per day in Julianstown.
This is the crucial quote from the briefing:
It has always been recognised by the Authority, and borne out in traffic studies undertaken, that the old N1 (existing R132) route would continue to attract significant traffic volumes due to the commercial/residential traffic movements in and around Drogheda town, the movements to/from Drogheda, and the movements to/from Drogheda Port.
TII goes on the lay the blame on the local authorities for granting planning permission to the retail parks in the full knowledge that the slip road tolls were in place.
It is quite troubling that this information has now emerged. As far back as the 1980s, locals predicted this would happen but were constantly reassured by the authorities that the new motorway would solve all of Julianstown’s problems (see articles below).
This is the report by TII, download here (scroll down for some historical articles).
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Article from 1987 quoting Meath County Council’s assurances that M1 would take most of the traffic out of Julianstown .
Article from 1992 where locals warn that bypass as planned will not solve Julianstown’s traffic problems.
May saw a huge increase in traffic on Julianstown Main Street as house building starts anew in the East Meath region.
Equipment maintained by Transport Infrastructure Ireland next to the primary school in the historic East Meath village counted an average of 21,313 vehicles per day including 22,263 per weekday when commuters travel to and from work.
This level of traffic is already an environmental disaster with noise and air pollution certainly harming the health of people who live and work in the village, especially the children who attend the primary school and Little Joey’s creche.
At this rate traffic volumes will exceed pre-M1 levels within the next eight years.
Our graphs below chart the 7-day and weekday average traffic volumes per month and also for the month of May. Volumes have increased from economic crisis lows in 2013 by 10% in four years.
We have just be provided with a report commissioned by Transport Infrastructure Ireland into what effect removing the tolls on the slip roads at Donore would have. The report was released to the NGO Right to Know and passed to us.
While the report concludes that tolling should not be removed, it acknowledges that overall on the M1 toll avoidance is extremely low. This now puts to bed once and for all the attitude that the M1 toll is the cause of the traffic chaos in Julianstown and East Meath.
Read the report below or download here
AECOM traffic study
Just posting some photos from the excellent Julianstown Music festival
Mid-morning on Good Friday, in the space of five minutes, 9 HGVs go through Main Street Julianstown, many speeding.
Big shout out to the Gain Feeds driver barrelling down the hill who slammed on the brakes when he saw he was being photographed
In welcome news Councillor Sharon Tolan has revealed that Meath Co Co has agreed to spend €300k over the next year or two on traffic management infrastructure and will progress planning for a by-pass of the village.
After intense lobbying by locals, the penny has dropped with the local authority that the renewed housing construction in the East Meath region is going to seriously harm the environment and the health and safety of people in the picturesque village.
The announcement of projects that have been on the cards since 2013 shows how important it is to make sure that the County Development Plan process delivers specific measures targeted at environmental issues such as traffic pollution in Julianstown.
We at East Meath look forward to these important measures and to real progress towards removing the 20,000 vehicles per day using the Main Street in Julianstown.
Dear East Meath Resident,
Gormanston College Parents Association has asked that we circulate the attached poster announcing an Afternoon Tea Event to be held on 25th March at the castle. The event is to fund-raise for the college and to help support cancer research.
The event will feature a harp ensemble, a brief history of the castle and a short tour of the ground floor.
There will be three sittings -11.15 am, 1.15 pm and 3.15 pm.
Tickets can be had by ringing the following number which will be manned by the parents association.
Please note that this is a ticket only event.
This should be a very interesting event for anyone who is interested in history or who likes tea, cakes and chat.
For anyone interested in real Music the upcoming Festival in Julianstown is an event not to be missed.
For details please see the attached poster which contains the programme details etc.
JDCA has written to the CEO of MCC asking (as a temporary measure) that the ugly remains of the Old Mill be painted over to conceal the grafiti. It still wants the site to be listed by the Council as “Derelict” under the provisions of the Derelict Sites Act, 1990 and continues to be puzzled by their refusal to do so. Painting out the graffiti would be some (temporary) relief from this scar on our community.
Attached is a paper submitted to MCC by Stamullen residents seeking the creation of a children’s playground for the village.