Intel traffic change move sought

LEIXLIP Town Council is lobbying Kildare County Council to design a new effluent pipe from the water works treatment plant to Intel in such a way that external contractors will deliver their loads via junction six on the M4 motorway on to the R449.

LEIXLIP Town Council is lobbying Kildare County Council to design a new effluent pipe from the water works treatment plant to Intel in such a way that external contractors will deliver their loads via junction six on the M4 motorway on to the R449.

The Town Council members believe this will be important for the town in the long run.

The idea is that heavy traffic will be eliminated from the town centre.

Cllr. Michael O’Brien made the proposal arguing the move would eliminate the need for trucking, post construction, to use the current route via the Salmon Leap Bridge and Black Lane.

The use of of the Black Avenue area by large vehicles during construction is of concern to residents.

Apart from safety, damage to property is a concern.

Cllr. O’Brien’s motion at the Town Council’s 5 November meeting concerns the traffic following the construction of the plant.

Cllr. Anthony Larkin agreed but said they would probably need some sound technical advice.

Cllr. Joe Neville said: “It would be important in the long run or Leixlip will have a problem with contractors for another generation.”

Denis McCarthy said a pumping station will be needed.

Town Manager, Peter Minnock, said a road between the M4 and the plant was ruled out before but he would raise the question.

Town Councill and residents in the Mill Lane area of the town have been campaigning for alternative routes to the works.

Cllr. O’Brien and others had suggested that a road be built from the M4 roundabout at Leixlip (east, nearest to the city) across fields to the water works. This, it was argued, would avoid heavy trucks having to come through the town and up Mill Lane.

But early on Council officials ruled this option out on the grounds it was too costly.

Some argue Leixlip has sacrificed a lot to host the multinationals and deserves a break.