North Main Street, Naas
A comprehensive review of traffic, pedestrian and cycling movements in Naas is to be undertaken.
Kildare County Council has completed the tender process to identify a consultant for the Naas Transport Strategy, which will plan for how motorists, pedestrians and cyclists use Naas.
A meeting has taken place with the consultant company, Aecom Ireland Ltd, which is based in Dublin.
The Naas Transport Strategy will collate recommendations for traffic, public transport, cycling and walking facilities in the town.
“It is anticipated that the strategy will be completed within an approximate eight-month time frame. The first wave of public and stakeholder consultation associated with developing the strategy will be undertaken in this month,” said Cllr Sorcha O’Neill.
She added: “I would encourage everyone to participate in the process so they have a full view of the issues in Naas.
“I am looking forward to seeing an objective and holistic approach and the recommendations for upgrading our town.”
She said the study will take “an evidence based approach” to disclose what is needed to change or add to make it more effective and easier for people to get into and around Naas.
It will look at private car use as well as public transport and will reveal actual volumes of traffic and pedestrians and cyclists.
“It will further assess the need for a park and ride facility, something I have been asking for in the last number of years,” she said.
It will establish whether a one-way traffic flow system in Naas is needed or a ban on heavy goods vehicles.
And it will examine whether a public feeder bus is required to circumnavigate the main street town with the link roads.
Cllr O’Neill added: “It will improve the movement of people and traffic because there is a perception that people don’t want to go to Naas town because they can’t find parking on main street.
“We need to change that to bring life back to our main street,” said the local representative.