Straffan HGV is ban ruled out

THE Gardai have told Kildare County Council that it is not possible to ban heavy goods vehicles from Straffan village.

THE Gardai have told Kildare County Council that it is not possible to ban heavy goods vehicles from Straffan village.

But Maynooth Cllr. John McGinley described this response from the Gardai as “very poor”.

“It took us four years to ban HGVs from Maynooth”, he told the 16 March Celbridge area committee of Kildare County Council. “We kept being told this could not be done,” he added.

Cllr. McGinley said the big trucks are using Straffan only to avoid paying tolls on the M3 motorway. He said the trucks are passing through Straffan as well as Dunboyne, just a fifteen minute drive from Leixlip, to do this. “

The Maynooth councillor said the trucks are getting faster and larger.

“Lives would be saved if we stopped them going through Straffan,” he said.

The authorities have rejected the Straffan ban move because of rules on alternative routes.

Sonya Kavanagh, Council senior executive officer, said that as well as motorways you need to provide regional routes.

But Cllr. McGinley said: “They seem not to realise we have motorways,” he told the meeting.

- Henry Bauress