Row over Naas road closure decision

Residents protest last August. Pic: Tony Keane.
A local councillor has hit out at fellow Kildare County Council members for blocking a proposal to close a dangerous junction outside Naas, on the Naas-Newbridge Road.

A local councillor has hit out at fellow Kildare County Council members for blocking a proposal to close a dangerous junction outside Naas, on the Naas-Newbridge Road.

A majority of the councilors on KCC’s Naas area committee opposed the closure of the road which connects Caragh with Newhall and which exits on to the Naas-bound dual carriageway.

KCC and local gardai supported the closure. They pointed to dangers posed by vehicles travelling across both lanes of the Naas bound carriageway, stopping and then turning right towards Newbridge in the same direction as traffic travelling at much greater speeds.

Local residents opposed the closure of Ladytown Cross.

Council officials argued it is a notoriously dangerous junction because vehicles emerging from minor roads have to negotiate up to 4 lanes of traffic travelling.

Sallins councillor Paddy McNamara said the inconvenience to local people amounted to travelling a distance of 3.4 kms which would take three and a half minutes.

Cllr. McNamara said there was no major campaign to keep the road open. He also pointed out that gardai wanted the road closed.

In an attempt to make the junction safer, rather than close it, Cllrs. Fintan Brett, Willie Callaghan, Seamie Moore and Darren Scully have now called for road markings, fixed speed cameras, night lighting and advance warning signs at the junction.

They also want heavy goods vehicles (except tractors) to be banned from the junction.