There is welcome news for commuters as Irish Rail have introduced bike lockers at Sallins & Naas train station. After requests I made last year, the busy commuter station was chosen by Irish Rail for the pilot scheme. The innovative yet simple scheme allows cyclists to cheaply secure their bicycles in lockers during the day. I’ve noted many complaints over the years of bike thefts at the station. This was had discouraged commuters from cycling to work before taking the train.
There is good news for the Waterways development in Sallins. NAMA, who own most of the vacant units in the estate, have reached an agreement with an adjacent landowner to resolve the outstanding drainage issues in the estate. This was a necessary step to satisfy the original planning conditions so that the remaining units could be sold and occupied. If this resolution proceeds as planned, it will hopefully usher in a bright future for the Waterways and the wider Sallins community. I am highly engaged with KCC and the other parties on this and will keep you updated.
Good news as additional funding for the Greenway Canal Project from Sallins to Naas has been announced by the NTA. This is in addition to funding that the Naas Municipal District Council have already pledged for the project. I have invited a joint delegation of the Naas Greenway Group and Sallins Community Council to appear before the council and discuss the next steps on this exciting project. I raised this at the council meeting last September and you can read some more background here.
A good meeting was held in Naas re the National Transport Authority proposals to change the layout of the Dublin road in Naas and pedestrianise Poplar Square. Whilst I feel some of the project has merit, such as increased cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings, I feel the loss of parking at Poplar Square is not appropriate at a time when parking is at a premium in the town.
Kildare County Council are exploring options to relieve the bottle neck in Celbridge at the current river crossing. As we’re aware, the town can suffer from traffic congestion and seeking a resolution to this problem is high on council agenda.
KCC have looked at a number of potential river crossings and made a presentation to councillors in late 2014 seeking feedback. Their draft report gives the strongest recommendation to a new bridge to the south of the existing bridge from Celbridge Abbey car park to the Newtown Rd. A cheaper option was also recommended which involves upgrading the existing bridge with traffic lights. A final report will be published soon which will give us a more concrete indication as to what options are available to KCC to resolve this issue.