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Major upgrade to Bray Railway Station

Date: 4 February 2022


The forecourt and adjoining roads around Bray Railway Station are to undergo a major upgrade prioritising pedestrian and cyclist safety and to facilitate easier access for busses and taxis. The design was agreed by Bray Municipal District, is fully funded by the National Transport Agency and work is due to commence shortly.


Green Party TD Steven Matthews who was involved in the design process and met with Wicklow County Council on site recently to discuss the project has requested the work to start as soon as possible. Speaking after the meeting Deputy Matthews said:


“Station Road is an area which is hostile for pedestrians and cyclists and very difficult for busses and taxis to navigate and park. The pedestrian routes to the area are unclear and poorly constructed, the road surface across the whole area is in a degraded state and safe access for cyclists to the train station is non-existent.


“The entire area is well overdue an upgrade to improve the standard of lighting and access for all users. It is the main transport hub for north Wicklow served by Dublin Bus, DART, suburban and mainline rail, it has a taxi stand and is also used by private busses and will ultimately be the termination point for the LUAS.


“The location attracts huge footfall so the approaches on Quinsborrough Road and Florence Road junctions will be included with the provision of raised speed tables across the junctions with pedestrian crossing points. Access into the station will also be improved and an exit to the south end to connect to a pedestrian route will be constructed.


“This redesign will completely transform everyone’s safety and view of the area for both locals and for visitors to our gateway to Bray and North Wicklow. With the completion of the Dargan Court apartment block and further development likely on the former Bray cabs site, these major upgrade works will provide for a pleasant pedestrian zone with planting and seating, a small amount of retail units and far easier access to public transport.


“Improving pedestrian routes, safe routes to school, segregated cycle lanes and better access to public transport are key objectives for me for Wicklow. These works in Bray are fully funded by the NTA and I will continue working with Wicklow County Council and Department of Transport on similar improvements across the county and delivery of public transport such as LUAS, the DART to Wicklow Town and the Connecting Ireland rural bus service”, concluded Deputy Matthews.


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