Traffic lights in Newbridge causing congestion in town

Synchronization "not really working"

Sarah Peppard

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Traffic lights in Newbridge causing congestion in town

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The synchronizing of traffic lights in Newbridge is “not really working”, according to Cllr Morgan McCabe.

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He said only five to six cars are getting through traffic lights at a time on Main Street. “Frustration levels are very high. If an extra 20 seconds was put on the lights on Main Street it might make a difference,” he said at last week’s Municipal District Meeting.

Cllr McCabe said it can take 30 minutes to get from Bank Of Ireland on the Main Street to the bridge.

Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy said; “We are not going to get rid of traffic problems until we get a second bridge. You think the M7 is bad, try getting through Newbridge town.”

Cllr Mark Lynch said the issue is far wider than traffic lights, and the National Transport Authority (NTA) plan is a solution to that.

Kildare County Council said; “The main contributor to traffic in Newbridge is traffic diverting to local roads which is related to the current M7 motorway upgrade and Sallins by-pass construction.

“These roadworks are scheduled to be completed in the near future.

“The NTA have commenced a Newbridge Town Transport Framework which will change the flow and length of journeys in the town. Submissions have been received and are under consideration by NTA.”

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