A practical solution to the traffic delays on the outward journey on N4 at Palmerstown has been proposed to the NTA recently following a Bus corridors meeting. Both Caitriona McClean and Tom Newton made the submission and are now keen to hear from members of the public in the Lucan and Palmerstown areas regarding their own thoughts. All comments to cmaemcclean@hotmail.com. ‘If there is sufficient support for this initiative we will ask people to sign a petition on the matter’ says Caitríona McClean. ‘The proposal is for an underpass similar to that at the Adamstown Rd junction on the N4, however the Palmerstown solution is more complex because it facilitates access to the Oval which is a major local issue.’

It is unique in proposing an access to both Kennelsfort Rd and the Oval as well as Palmerstown village from both directions off the N4. “We believe that this  work should be done in conjunction with and as part of the proposed Lucan corridor. The underpass will prevent the regular hold up of traffic leaving the city which comes to a standstill because of traffic lights at both the Oval and Kennelsfort Rd in the out of city direction.”

This proposal provides a solution for traffic delays heading in the Kildare direction in the evening and needs urgent attention if commuters are to make the journey home to the ever increasing commuter belt in Kildare. The underpass is also required to relieve traffic congestion locally in the event of the development of the Vincent Byrne site which has substantial potential in terms of housing but well founded local objections are made on the basis of traffic congestion. ‘These points were raised at the public meeting in the West County Hotel. It would not make any sense to go ahead with the NTA proposals without the essential work at the Palmerstown junction. We have provided what we see as the optimum solution as it keeps the Oval open which is a major concern locally ‘ says Caitríona McClean