Piper's Hill College
Pressure is mounting for an additional exit to be constructed at the Piper’s Hill education campus.
Naas councillor Sorcha O’Neill wants the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board, which owns the site, to urgently look at ways of alleviating traffic problems.
Cllr O’Neill believes the amount of traffic using the site is “overwhelming” and a new exit is needed, especially for buses.
She said a second exit would ensure a smoother traffic flow and would help to avoid the reduce the “chaotic scenes currently experienced every day on this site”. Cllr O’Neill also wants specific cycle lanes designated within the campus so children are not forced to cycle on the footpaths.
Last July, Cllr Fintan Brett asked Kildare County council to examined this possibility.
The Kilcullen Road campus is home to three schools with a combined enrolment of almost 1,500 students and pupils, most of whom attend Piper’s Hill College.
Cllr Brett says the second exit is needed to make it easier for students, parents and teachers to get in and out.
The nearby Killashee multi denominational national school is not part of the campus, but it also attracts some traffic to the area. It has around 200 pupils on the roll book.
Cllr Brett, an engineer, said the are dangers associated with creating a number of entrances on to a main road, but more are needed.
“There are congestion problems in the morning and in the evening because of the volume of children going to schools there.
“There needs to be more signs within the campus to direct people to the different buildings.
“A single entry point is not enough to cope with the numbers coming and going and a second would provide safer access and egress,” Cllr Brett said.
Members of the Naas Municipal District have asked that the KWETB be requested to seek permission for a second entrance.
Kildare County Council official Ken Kavanagh stressed an invitation to apply is no guarantee that permission would be granted and any such application would have to go through the planning process.