Get out of my space. Problems with designated parking spaces

By The Helpful Engineer / On / In Infrastructure

Family Car Parking SpaceAt last!

I recently spotted a proper family parking space rather than the single mother and child variety usually marked on tarmac. See left. Well done to the shop in question, Dunnes Stores, for including the father for a change.

Family car parking spaces. But there are other issues with family parking spaces. They are usually located close to shop entrances and usually beside disabled spaces. As a result people, without little ones, are tempted to use them when in a hurry. Recently at my local shop, not one of the cars parked in the family spaces had a child’s seat inside.

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Thoughts on road signs

By The Helpful Engineer / On / In Infrastructure

Road closed - snow
Road closed – snow

Following on from our last post about road signs, I came across this ‘road closed’ sign in the Wicklow Mountains today. The sign seems to indicate that the road ahead is closed due to snow and ice. But the tyre tracks in the snow seem to indicate that the road is not closed and that the majority of drivers were ignoring the sign and driving on regardless. I talked with one driver coming the other way and he said the road wasn’t closed further along. I of course, being the good careful citizen, turned around. But there are a number of points to make about this.

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Funny and confusing Irish road signs

By The Helpful Engineer / On / In Infrastructure

Despite much work by the Local County Councils many Irish road signs still leave a lot to be desired and they can cause great confusion. While driving around I have taken pictures of the worst examples and have shown some of these below, click on the pictures to enlarge. So for the local Councils then it seems its a case of much done, but more to do.

Irish Road signs. Two signs, different distances
Irish Road signs. Two signs, different distances

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Irish Rail: 2013 timetable changes

By The Helpful Engineer / On / In Infrastructure

Rail trackIrish Rail have asked for customer feedback on their draft 2013 timetable changes for the rail lines serving Heuston Station, Dublin. Heuston Station is an end of line station (no through services) and serves commuter and intercity routes to the South, South West and West of Ireland. If you wish to review the 2013 Irish Rail timetable, and give your own feedback you can click the link here.

The draft changes in the timetable are quite limited, journey times will improve slightly, and there will be some extra train services. However the vast majority of these extra services favour two specific train stations in County Laois and one in West Kildare. There will also be some service cancellations on the Nenagh and Waterford lines.

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An alternative to Metro North?

By The Helpful Engineer / On / In Infrastructure

Dublin has the dubious distinction of being one of the few capital cities in the European Union without a rail link to its main airport. To overcome this the Irish Governement had planned to construct a new underground train link called the Metro North Project. But as a result of the recession, and banking crisis, the Irish Government has had to introduce a series of cut backs. These cut backs have fallen heaviest on capital works projects as spending cuts in these are less politically sensitive. The first casualties were the two planned underground train lines for Dublin City; the Metro North Project and the DART underground.

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