KILDARE County Council has voiced its “disappointment” at the failure of Newbridge to secure funds for a second bridge, despite its application being ranked second of the four Kildare submissions for Urban Regeneration and Development Funds (URDF).
“Kildare County Council is obviously disappointed that the proposal for the Completion of the Southern Relief Road in Newbridge wasn’t successful in this process,” said a spokesperson.
“The application for the completion of the Southern Relief Road [as the project is formally called] was ranked as the no. 2 priority for Kildare County Council in the overall order of priority of the four applications submitted to the URDF for funding,” said the spokesperson.
“However, development and regeneration of Newbridge remains a priority for Kildare County Council, and it is expected that work will commence on the Newbridge Transport Strategy no later than Q3 this year and will take approximately 12 months to complete,” they offered.
The timing of such transport strategies are usually developed in line with the preparation of local area plans (LAPs) in order to take an integrated approach, and so the forthcoming Newbridge Transport Strategy will provide a comprehensive plan for the area, considering objectives within the current LAP and projects proposed for the town, “and likely inform the need for a second bridge”.
(full story in tomorrow’s paper.)