Traffic congestion worries loom in Maynooth Cairn development

Ring roads need to be completed say submissions

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Traffic congestion worries loom in Maynooth Cairn development

Kildare North TD, Catherine Murphy

Traffic issues are key worries in submissions to Bord Pleanala over the 264 Cairn Homes Properties Limited  development in Maynooth.

The development, including creche and a link street between Moyglare Road and Dunboyne Road, should be considered in the light of  the absence of the ring road and the capacity of school in the area, according to Kildare North TD, Catherine Murphy.

Speaking on the 450 house Ardstone development for which Bord Pleanala recently granted permission in Leixlip, Deputy Murphy said there was a tendency to leave other issues such as transport and road, until too late. “Building communities is more complex than building just houses,” she said.

In that location they should look at putting a road between MU Barnhall rugby club and the HP plant.

Deputy Murphy said the policy is to move people away from cars but there is evidence of overcrowding on trains and buses in peak hours in Kildare.

She said that while Leixlip will cope in terms of school places, for example, that may not be the case in Celbridge, Naas, Maynooth and Kilcock, following large housing permissions.

In a submission on Cairn, Kildare North Labour general election candidate, Emmet Stagg, has along with his colleagues, Cllr. John McGinley and Maynooth Labour Local Area representative Angela Feeney, raised concern about  four storey apartment buildings near the Dunboyne Road.

They said the Dunboyne Road itself is inadequate to take the additional traffic and a number of relief roads around Maynooth need to be opened prior to any occupation of houses in the Cairn Homes Development.

In her submission on Cairn’s proposal, Deputy Murphy said while housing Deputy Murphy said the Maynooth Local Area Plan of 2001 housing development at Moyglare Hall was to be permitted on the basis that the entrance to the development was to be from a new section of the long proposed Ring Road.”  A road was to be located  on the Meath boundary with  Maynooth between Moyglare Road and Blacklion Road but is yet undeveloped.