Kildare County Council plans to meet Irish Rail in New Year

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Kildare County Council plans to meet Irish Rail in New Year

Newbridge train station is lacking toilet facilities

Kildare County Council (KCC) are due to meet Irish Rail representatives in the New Year to tackle rail issues in the county.

Issues to be discussed in a proposed January meeting include fare prices, parking and station facilities.

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At the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District meeting on Wednesday December 20, Fine Gael Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy asked KCC whether CCTV cover at Newbridge train station toilets could be an option, to re-open the facilities.

The toilets were closed four year ago, because of anti-social behaviour.

Cllr McLoughlin Healy said she  had spoken to regional and station managers, who said the anti-social behaviour got to the point where “they had to clean up needles and excrement on walls”.

In a report issued, KCC said the provision of CCTV on private property to monitor antisocial behavior is not a matter for KCC. They added that the outline costs for the provision of CCTV at a single location is €25,000, and annual maintenance would be additional.

They added that a proposed meeting with Irish Rail is to take place on January 18, where Councillors will have the opportunity to raise issues.