Delay the construction of the Central Access Scheme bridge and instead prioritise the completion of the ring road – that’s the message from a number of local contributors to the pre-draft stage of Kilkenny’s new county and city development plans.
A submission from Kilkenny Archaeological Society says that the ring road should be given priority over the CAS. This is also the view outlined in the submission from An Taisce, as well as from one conaitheoir (resident), who calls for a bridge to be built ‘north of Green’s Bridge’.
It is an assertion that has been repeatedly made by local councillor Malcolm Noonan. At the December meeting of the borough council, the Green Party councillor once again placed a notice of motion on the agenda to ‘hold in abeyance’ the scheme, and instead ensure the completion of the northern section of the ring road.
By contrast, MacDonagh Junction Developments has opined that the CAS bridge will alleviate congestion.
Transport, travel and urban access is one of the central issues in the development plans.
Declan Murphy of An Taisce says that there should be an increased focus on Smarter Travel and that pavement should be provided on the Kells Road. His submission also calls for an improved pedestrian/cycle route from Kilcreene Hospital to the city centre, and a park ‘n’ ride/stride at the edge of the city.
The chair of An Taisce Kilkenny says that cycling and pedestrian officers should be appointed by the local authorities, and that facilities for both should be improved. This view is supported by submissions from other local residents, one of whom calls for sheltered cycle bays and lanes, as a new walking route between Castlecomer and the city along the former railway track.
The Older Peoples’ Forum has asked that there be an audit of pedestrian crossings carried out, with a new crossing at the Ayrfield Medical Centre. It has also called for increased time for pedestrians to traverse crossings, and new signage to warn of older people crossing at certain points.