Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thompson's Cross safety issue to be raised again

The matter of the recent works at Thompson’s Cross will be raised again with Kildare County Council on Tuesday next, 20 December, writes Brian Byrne.

A motion for the Nass Municipal District by Cllr Rob Power calls on the Council carry out a safety audit on these works from a pedestrian, cyclist and motorist point of view.

Cllr Power is also asking that that Athy and MDs call on Transport Infrastucture Ireland and Kildare County Council to provide a roundabout at this location, taking in the Sunnyhill Road, Crookestown-Ballitore Road and the Athy Road, similar to a motion already passed in 2010.

A similar motion raised at a recent Athy MD meeting by Cllr Martin Miley elicited a Council report that the matter would be discussed at the Naas MD meeting, which will be held in the Council Chamber, Naas, beginning at 2pm.

The design of the junction has been controversial since 2010, and there has been serious criticism by local residents, motorists, cyclists, walkers and by local public representatives of the latest works, carried out under the ‘Low Cost Improvements’ scheme.

The Diary understands that a cyclist injured at the junction following the works has sought legal advice about taking a case for compensation.