Three Naas cycle routes approved years ago but left unbuilt

Naas in Co Kildare has three cycle routes left unbuilt for years after their approval by councillors, and Kildare County Council overall has only built 1km of cycle route last year, a local councillor has said.

Two projects, the Dublin Road and Kilcullen Road upgrades, were approved by councillors in 2016 and the Naas to Kill scheme was approved in 2017.

Cllr Bill Clear said: “We have so many Part 8 done for years but not one inch of cycle lane has been built.”

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“In last years annual report Kildare County Council built 1km of cycle lane. For a commuter county this is a terrible indictment. We need theses projects to move past part 8 and get done,” he said.

On the potential for cycling in Naas, Cllr Clear added: “If canal greenway from Naas to Sallins that runs up the spine if the town was complete there would be a huge improvement. That with a few small changes would dramatically change Naas to a walking and cycling model of a town.”

A spokesperson for Kildare County Council said: “We have 3 Projects which have proceeded through the Part 8 process and one which needs to go through Part 8. Part 8 process is completed for the following: Dublin Road; Kilcullen Road; and Naas to Kill.”

They added: “It was envisaged that the final stage of the ring road would be completed in advance of these projects being delivered. All projects are now under review and will be delivered subject to funding and resources being available.”

The National Transport Authority did not respond to requests for comment.

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