No HGV ban on Knockirr road

Residents of the Knockirr Road, which brings traffic from Carbury to Broadford, are set to face further disruption and deterioration of the road after council officials refused to ban HGVs from travelling on it – for the next two years, at least.

Residents of the Knockirr Road, which brings traffic from Carbury to Broadford, are set to face further disruption and deterioration of the road after council officials refused to ban HGVs from travelling on it – for the next two years, at least.

At a recent meeting of Clane Area Committee, Cllr Brendan Weld explained that the road is a bog road and is unable to cope with HGVs on their way the Drehid landfill.

He argued that the lorries, some of which are loaded up to 40 tonnes, should be directed to use the R402 from Enfield instead of coming across at Broadford.

“They take a short cut at Broadford instead of travelling to Enfield,” he explained, adding that the road is not able for the level of traffic.

In a written response to Cllr Weld, council officials acknowledged that the “road requires constant maintenance due to its lack of foundation and poor ground conditions.

“It has a high percentage of HGV traffic which causes deformations and frequent potholes on the road.”

However, they refused to ban HGVs from the road at the moment “in light of the fact that the reconstruction of the R402 (Enfield to Edenderry) is about to commence, and this may result in significant delays over the next two years.

“When the R402 is complete, it may be an opportune time to restrict HGVs to using the upgraded R402,” the council statement outlined.