Fine Gael TD for Wicklow, Andrew Doyle, has said that the National Roads Authority (NRA), must work with the two local authorities, Wicklow County Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, to discuss and take measures to ensure that flooding does not occur again during heavy dowpours of rain. The location of where the flooding occurred on Friday, 22nd March caused traffic tailbacks of several hours and eventually led to the road being temporarily closed. The piece of road is localted directly along the border of the two counties.
Speaking after the flooding had been cleared, Deputy Doyle said, “This particular section of the N11, right underneath the Old Connaught Road bridge has been an area flooded in the past, and yet water continues to build up during leavy downpours. This is a problem that has been ongoing and it is time it is finally addressed.”
“Tribute must be paid to the council workers, Gardai and others who helped resolve the problems as quickly as they could given the circumstances on the day. However, a long term solution must be found so flooding and blockages like these on the N11 at Bray can be solved much more quickly in the future.”
“Not addressing ongoing flooding issues can have consequences for everyone, and can be hugely frustrating to commuters and businesses from Wicklow and south Dublin who are going about their day. Where there has been extensive and heavy rainfall, it is a situation that must be managed more efficiently going forward. The NRA and local authorities have operational responsibility for addressing disruption on the roads network in Ireland. All the bodies in question must recognise that this situation on the N11 is not just a once-off, but a serious prevalent problem during heavy downpours. This has to be addressed.”
“I’m calling on the NRA to sit down with both Wicklow County Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, and for them to collectively come up with a solution to solve the N11 flooding issue in the long term”, concluded Deputy Doyle.