€800k pedestrian bridge finished

The new pedestrian bridge on Station Road, Newbridge was officially opened by the Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Micheál “Spike” Nolan on Friday, June 29 last at 11am.

The new pedestrian bridge on Station Road, Newbridge was officially opened by the Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Micheál “Spike” Nolan on Friday, June 29 last at 11am.

The construction of this bridge, which cost a whopping €800,000 to finish was a joint project between Kildare County Council, Newbridge Town Council and Irish Rail.

“It took a long time to get to where we are today,” said Mayor Nolan. “This is a very proud day for Newbridge.”

The bridge, which has been on and off the town council agenda since 2007, was designed specifically to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists using Station Road and Newbridge Railway Station. Mayor of Newbridge Murty Aspell said parents in the locality will now be happy as their kids will be able to cross the bridge safetly.

“My son plays for Newbridge Town,” he said. “There was many an evening I used to worry about him when he would have to cross the old narrow bridge. As I am sure many a parent would worry.”

The Council has also completed pitch relocation works for Newbridge Town Football Club and road improvement works on the Station Road, with the new traffic lights to be activated in July.

-Paula Campbell