A bus bay is set to be intalled close to the St. Corban’s boys national school, Naas, following complaints about school traffic congestion.
The junction where Fairgreen Street meets Loch Bui and Corban’s Lane is extremely busy at times when pupils are leaving or arriving at school.
A few yards away the Kilcullen road-Ballymore Road junction is also congested and the area was subject of a redesigned layout which was carried out without the full agreement of local councillors some two years ago.
As part of the new layout the double yellow lines were removed from outside the Eurospar store; yet double yellow lines are in force just about everywhere else in the town.
Cllr. Willie Callaghan recently said that the absence of the lines means that people are parking for free all day outside the store.
Cllr. Darren Scully also complained at a Naas Town Council about all day parking at the store.
“Kildare County council said they would deal with this a year ago; at the moment buses can’t pull in and the road is narrow. It means that the buses stop on the main road,” said Cllr. Scully. Cllr. Callaghan said the area is not safe for children and he said a bus bay should be in force for roughly an hour before school starts and an hour after the pupils leave.
Town Engineer David Reel said congestion problems hav deteriorated there adding “buses used it casually to park and now people are parkign there for longer periods.
He said the site would be reasonable location for a bus bay but the gardai need to be consulted initially and site needs to eb marke dout.
Cllr. Seamie Moore said the area is a “major problem” because of the number of junctions within a short distance. Currently there are almost 500 pupils enrolled at the school.