04 Dec 2021

Traffic-weary commuters choking up back roads on M7 - Cllr

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Traffic jams on the M7 are forcing motorists to clog up back roads looking for short cuts, Kildare Co Council heard. Cllr Fintan Brett told a special meeting of the local authority that 'mayhem' was being caused by the issue in villages like Johnstown, Kill and Kilcullen. Cllr Brett said: "The flyover at Newlands Cross has simply pushed up the traffic jams towards Naas now. "Therefore commuters come off the motorway and try to find short-cuts through the back roads. "But they're creating mayhem in villages like Johnstown, Kill and Kilcullen they're passing through." The Fine Gael politician from Johnstown said the worst periods for the problem were Thursdays and Fridays between 4.30pm and 7pm. Cllr Brett raised his concerns at a special Council meeting to discuss the draft public consultation on the Kildare County Development Plan 2017 – 2023.

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