New plans for car park spaces at Sallins rail station

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New plans for car park spaces at Sallins rail station

James Lawless at Sallins rail station

Train passengers driving to Sallins station will be able to park in the adjacent underground facility at the Waterways  before the end of summer. It will provide 202 car spaces.

Last year the National Transport Authority announced a project to “expand car parking provision” at the station was underway.

Some 270 new spaces were to be provided - bringing the total car parking capacity to about 445.

It was planned that the new car park spaces would be beside the existing ones.

However because the number of new spaces is more than originally intended the work will take longer than expected.

Now TD James Lawless says this is “under question.”

Dep Lawless, who lives in Sallins and has lobbied for improved facilities for rail users, says Irish Rail is  proposing to take over the underground car park at Waterways and finish it out.

He says a number of meetings have taken place in recent weeks with Irish Rail, Waterways management and Kildare County Council.

“The original plan to construct a new car park on the parish lands is under question. The reason being the council feel that as a town centre site, that land has better potential than a carpark and should be used more strategically, perhaps for  enterprises like retail, cafe, amenity, education or mixed use,” said Dep Lawless.