Construction of the Bray Dart station interchange could begin in 2022, according to a recent update.
Social Democrat MP Jennifer Whitmore received an update on the project from Irish Rail, which indicated that the project is in the final design phase before construction.
“I had initially contacted Irish Rail about the degraded access ramp and an ESB box obstructing the pedestrian crossing on the other side of the road. This meant very little access for people with disabilities, which is important given that there is an older residential setting, Parc Fáilte, nearby, ”she said.
“During Irish Rail’s response to my question, they indicated that the interchange project developed by the NTA and Wicklow County Council to improve the public realm near Bray Dart station will begin in 2022 The project is in the final design stage and construction will begin once this process is finalized.
“This will be a much appreciated development which aims to create a safe and welcoming space for public transport users in which pedestrians and cyclists can easily access the area and switch between different modes of transport, including those with problems. of mobility. There will be improved bicycle parking, drop-off facilities, bus parking areas and an official taxi rank within direct sight of the main station access point.
“Bray will certainly benefit from a much more attractive, user-friendly and safer space for public transport users, especially women who may feel vulnerable using the Dart at night or those with reduced mobility. “
The existing forecourt regeneration program at Bray Dart station will include sections of adjacent roads and will include work on the trails, installation of parking lots, drop-off areas and cycle paths. It will create a forecourt and provide a new civic space at the station.
There will be an area for buses and an area for taxis, as well as a drop-off and pick-up lane outside the train. The plans for the Bray Dart station transport interchange were adopted by elected members of the Bray Municipal District in 2019.
MP Whitmore said she had asked Irish Rail to make the existing pedestrian crossing more visible to road users until construction of the transport interchange begins.