'€5million not a lot" for speed ramps if children saved in Co Kildare

€5million for speed ramps in Co Kildare is 'badly needed' before an accident happens, warns a County Cllr. Disappointment is being expressed by Sinn Fein Cllr Thomas Redmond that no definite date has been given for the provision of speed ramps in the county. Cllr Redmond said that he has had to provide housing estate Ard a Laoi, Castledermot, with safety signs out of his own pocket, because Kildare County Council has not taken over the management of the estate. He added that a speed ramp is urgently needed in Coneyboro, Athy, where he resides. Cllr Redmond said: "People really want speed ramps. They are badly needed. €5million is not a lot if children's lives are saved." Recently a report was received from the Roads Transportation and Public Safety Section  council members that it was expected that guidance for the Municipal District Engineers will be finalised this month and this will provide them with a tool-kit for traffic calming into the future. The Senior Engineer for Co Kildare clarified that traffic calming will be looked after by the District Engineer and that speed ramps will be dealt with centrally. He added that local groups are invited to put in their requests and that these requests will be looked at next year. He confirmed that it will cost between €3 to €5 million to provide speed ramps in all housing estates in the county.    

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