KILDARE County Council is to draw up initial plans for a pedestrian crossing in the Glen Easton area of Leixlip.
Concern has been expressed for some time about the area around the entrance to two large housing estates and a shopping centre.
At the Council’s Celbridge area committee on 19 July, the new Leixlip Town Council chairperson asked if the roads area enginner could look at Glen Easton raod to see if it could be made safer to cross at the shopping centre.
Cllr. Byrne said the matter has been on the Town Council’s agenda for some time.
The entrances are very close to a bend or curve in the road, one of the newer roads in the growing west Leixlip area.
Ramps have been placed on the road before the centre entrance but councillors have said that these are not sufficient.
However, apart from funding, road officlas say that putting a crossing there is not stragight forward. In a reply to the committee, they said: “Crossing points on a dual carrigeway road such as this must be located to avoid right turning lanes and vehicle crossing points. Unfortunately this takes the crossing points away from the natureal desire lines of pedestrians which appear to be at, and close to, the junctions. The area office can produce a drawing showing two potential safe crossing locations and can then discuss it further with the committee.”
The issue has been raised numerous times and the question of the ramps being insufficient to slow down some vehicles has been raised in the past
ESB pylon activity in the Glen Easton area was also the subject of a question by Cllr. Anthony Larkin. He was told that “the ESB are currently carrying out upgrade works in the locality of Intel to ensure that the ESB structure is adequate to supply the homes and businesses in the area.”