News of Tender for Sallins Bypass & M7 Upgrade

I am delighted to see that Kildare County Council have officially begun to seek tenders for the Sallins Bypass and upgrading of the M7. The project includes M7 Naas Newbridge Bypass Upgrade + M7 Osberstown Interchange & R407 Sallins Bypass.

M7 Upgrade Sallins Bypass

It is fantastic to this project making steady progress. I was cautious in September 2015 in welcoming funding as residents in Naas & Sallins had been promised these works since the early 1990’s. I have campaigned strenuously for years on this issue, these road projects will bring a dramatic improvement to the lives of people living in Naas and Sallins, travelling through as well as the thousands who use the M7 everyday.

Prospective contractors have until the 13th of May to apply and state their case. In my new role as a T.D. for Kildare North I will continue to do everything possible to monitor and lobby for this project to be completed.

 

Extra Bus Service to Sallins Station Secured

I was delighted to secure a change to the 139 bus route which will provide Clane commuters with a new public transport link to Sallins train station. I recently wrote to the NTA suggesting that the 139 route should be allowed to be used for short hop journeys between Clane, Sallins and Naas, therefore providing support to the train service. The NTA has agreed to these changes and they informed me that they were effective from August 2019.

I am delighted that the NTA has agreed to implement my suggestions. The severe pressure on parking facilities at Sallins train station is well recorded. While there is work underway to provide a second carpark it has always seemed to me that more public transport links to the station was an obvious solution to the dependency on parking spaces. The 139 was introduced a cross county route and it was a positive development, however the prohibition on short hop journeys meant that it offered little support to commuter rail services. I am pleased that this has now changed, and I am hopeful that this, along with the eventual opening of the new carpark, will soon lead to an improvement in the current situation.

I also raised the need for bike storage and parking facilities at Sallins station with the NTA and they have committed to providing more bike stands while also looking into the option of more secure bike lockers if there is sufficient demand for them. Additional facilities for cyclists are a crucial part of the solution to the parking shortage at the station. While better cycle lanes and safer roads are also needed, more bike storage facilities are something which can offer an improvement to the commuter experience in the short term.

M7 Widening and Sallins Bypass Update

I am delighted to see three lanes open in both directions on the M7. This will be a huge help to commuters who face lengthy journeys and congestion on the M7 every day. The M7 widening project is vital to improving journey times and I am glad to see it move closer towards completion. This represents a €110 million investment in the area and the last phase of this is the Sallins Bypass, completion of which is expected by Quarter 1 of 2020 and I am delighted to see these infrastructural improvements become reality having campaigned for them for a number of years.

Extra Parking Spaces Approved at Maynooth Train Station

The approval of 34 extra parking spaces for Maynooth Train Station is welcome news which will complement the 38 spaces approved earlier this year.

I discussed parking capacity issues at Maynooth and several other stations with Irish Rail officials earlier this year. The expansion will be welcome to commuters who struggle to find a safe parking space.

While it is a small improvement, Irish Rail’s efforts to improve facilities for commuters are welcome. I will continue to liaise with them on issues affecting the Maynooth line.

Improvements such as this are vital as Irish Rail plan to increase capacity on the Maynooth line. It is planned to extend the DART service with electrification of the line by 2027 and capacity for 2000 passengers.

Double the car parking capacity for Sallins train station

Artist impression of the new car park.

Artist impression of the new car park.

270 new car park spaces are incoming for a significant extension of the car park at Sallins and Naas train station. The new car park will be located on the Sallins side of the tracks in what is known locally as the parish field.

The extension is badly needed and something I have been seeking for years including many debates with the Minister for Transport. The extension became all the more urgent after I secured an extension of the leap card zone to Sallins along with the Phoenix park tunnel allowing services direct to city centre. These improvements saw a massive increase in usage of the station. A much better service but much greater demand as a result. Continue Reading →

New timetable for Kildare line but further improvements set for December

James Lawless Sallins Train Station Nov 2013A new timetable on the Kildare line will come into use from September 10th. However, it has been confirmed that a new timetable with additional services via the Phoenix Park tunnel to Grand Canal Dock in the mornings and, crucially, in the evenings is incoming.

A new timetable is being rolled out from September 10th. You can see the changes by going onto the website and future dating your search. The changes seem fairly minor for commuters from Sallins, Naas, Celbridge, Hazelhatch but improved services are incoming. Continue Reading →