Report on Kill Avenue QBC – Council Meeting of 8th February 2010
“Foxrock Church to Dún Laoghaire DART Station QBC and Cycle Track Scheme (Kill Avenue Section)
The Public Consultation process for a bus priority and cycle track scheme on Kill Lane and Kill Avenue and traffic calming measures on Monkstown Farm and Oliver Plunkett Road as part of the Foxrock to Dún Laoghaire Bus Priority Measures scheme concluded in October 2007. The Dún Laoghaire Area Committee noted the Public Consultation Submissions Report on 3rd December 2007.
The scheme forms part of the 46A and 75 Bus Átha Cliath service route link to the N11/Stillorgan Road QBC from the DART in Dún Laoghaire. The Kill Lane section of the QBC scheme and the Monkstown Farm /Oliver Plunkett Road traffic calming scheme commenced on site in 2008 and is currently in the final stages of construction.
The Kill Avenue section of the scheme entails the following:-
- Construction of an westbound bus lane from the Fire Station to the signalised junction at Baker’s Corner;
- New cycle facilities throughout;
- Bus stop upgrading (kassel kerbs);
- Side road junction upgrading to support the QBC and cycle facilities, including junction raised entry treatment;
- Upgrading of footpaths throughout including facilities for the mobility impaired and disabled;
- New signalised pedestrian crossing in the vicinity of the Monkstown Educate Together school;
- New road drainage and watermains;
- Provision for broadband and fibre optic ducting (to support the provision of an Intelligent Traffic System (SCATS linking); and
- Accommodation works at the Holy Family Church.
The scheme on implementation will provide:
- Quick and reliable bus services capable of providing consistent journey times;
- Integration of the bus corridor with other inter-connecting public transport routes on the Kill Lane QBC and a direct connection to Dún Laoghaire;
- Improve access between surrounding residential, retail, employment, nearby health and educational centres, namely the IADT college;
- Improved safety for all road users; and
- A high profile “identity” for bus services using the corridor.
IADT has been a strong supporter of the scheme since its inception as the scheme will contribute and strengthen their sustainable travel plan objectives for the college. IADT has entered into an agreement with the Council to construct the works which bounds its lands.
The Council has successfully secured the necessary lands at the Holy Family parish to construct the scheme.
Bus Átha Cliath has confirmed that as part of the Bus Átha Cliath Network Review, rerouting of the QBC service via Kill Avenue in both directions will be implemented.
An alternative route will operate, in both directions, via Monkstown Farm, to Dún Laoghaire to serve local demand. The frequency of this route will be of the order of two or three buses per hour and will be adequate to serve the needs of the Monkstown Farm area.
Tenders for the scheme were received on 10th December 2009.
A Tender Clarification meeting was held with KN Network Services on 26th January 2010. A Letter of Intent will be issued to the Contractor, KN Network Services, who were the lowest tenderer, in the coming weeks. Construction work is proposed to start by mid March 2010, with a construction programme of 40 weeks.