The need for a variety of road and traffic-related measures across Kildare-Newbridge MD was highlighted by local councillors at their November meeting.
An adjourned motion by Cllr Noel Connolly sought the introduction of accident prevention and traffic calming measures at Cherryville Cross on the old N7 between Monasterevin and Kildare town, and a reply explained that it can be included for consideration in the 2021 budget under the ‘Low Cost Accident Schemes’ subject to funding being provided. Cllr Connolly said there were seven accidents in the past few years including a fatal one.
Cllr Peggy O’Dwyer asked the council to consider a pedestrian crossing between George’s Street and Newbridge Town Hall. She was informed that the proposal will be considered as part of a wider scheme in this area that is planned to provide additional pedestrian facilities/promote cycling and walking. It was noted that the provision of a crossing at this point would be ‘premature’ pending the development of future schemes.
Cllr O’Dwyer also asked that the council consider linking the ‘Fionn MacCumhaill and his hounds roundabout’ with the L7042 Lumville crossroads via a footpath in the 2021 budget. The Municipal District office has agreed to examine and cost this proposal – any works will be subject to funding being identified, appropriate lands being made available and agreement with all relevant stakeholders.
On foot of a motion by Cllr Tracey O’Dwyer, councillors were informed that Mullacash junction can be included for consideration in the 2021 budget under the Low Cost Accident Schemes, again subject to funding being provided.
And the meeting heard that the need to repaint the road markings at the entrance to Ellistown GAA pitch can be included in the road markings contract. That particular issue was raised by Cllr Anne Connolly.
In Kildare town, Cllr Suzanne Doyle asked the council to investigate traffic management measures to improve the efficiency of the junction at Academy Street, Main Street. A report noted that a one-way scheme on Cleamore Road is currently being trialled by the MD. The long-term implications of the scheme are also being currently assessed as part of the Kildare Transport Strategy through the use of a bespoke traffic model developed for Kildare town. It’s anticipated that the results of this assessment will be made available to the members for review in January 2021.
Mayor Kevin Duffy has looked for the council to consider upgrading the existing speed ramps at Suncroft national school and at the Carna housing estate to reduce the speed of traffic approaching the school and into the village. While there is no funding available for works at this location in 2020, it was explained that this can be included for consideration in 2021.
A somewhat similar response was given to a motion in the name of Cllr Mark Stafford, who has sought the installation of a footpath from Fenview Heights, Milltown to Clongownagh. The reply explained that there is no funding available for works there in 2020 but it can be included for consideration for local property tax (LPT) funding subject to members’ agreement. The councillor remarked that “this is a worthwhile scheme”.
Councillors were also told that the first section of the Barrettstown Road to Clongorey (approximately half a kilometre) can be considered for possible inclusion in the roadworks programme for 2021 subject to required criteria being met.
And Cllr Anne Connolly sought confirmation of when the new streetlights on Bourne’s Lane, Rathangan will be switched on. She was informed that lighting along the lane ‘was conditioned to be provided as part of the Temple Mills development, as such, energising the lighting is a matter for the developer’.