KILDARE-Newbridge MD councillor Tracey O’Dwyer has asked that, based on feedback from An Garda Síochána, Kildare County Council investigate the necessity of putting a roundabout in place at Thompsons Cross, Kilcullen “given the high volume of incidents which is on average a minimum of one accident per month but more importantly, the high impact of the accidents at this location”.
That request was put forward via a motion at councillors’ November meeting in Áras Chill Dara. A response to her motion from the council’s roads, transportation and public safety section explained that the roads department/Naas Municipal District recently spent “in excess of €75,000 in this area” as part of low-cost safety improvement works. It was noted that providing a roundabout would “warrant resources to complete a technical examination to include junction analysis, traffic counts, speed analysis, accidents recorded, and a possible CPO process to secure sufficient lands, and identification of a funding source”.
Cllr O’Dwyer asked that it be explored and kept on the progress report. “We have to do something about it,” she said.
Cllr Noel Heavey, meanwhile, raised the possibility of flashing ‘reduce speed now’ digital sign