Fine Gael TD for Kildare South Martin Heydon, has today (Monday) pledged to continue to keep pressure on Kildare County Council to ensure that work is prioritised to deliver the Southern Distributor Route, a new ring road for Athy. He was speaking this morning on KFM following a meeting on Friday afternoon between Oireachtas Members from Kildare South and new CEO of Kildare County Council to discuss progress on the new road.

“I am re-assured following our meeting on Friday that this project remains the number one priority for Kildare County Council. New Chief Executive Peter Carey and his senior officials informed us that a senior engineer and project manager have now been assigned to the project. We were informed that some environmental studies and traffic surveys may need to be updated where they are out of date.
“Council officials also re-affirmed that all required funding is in place to allow them to proceed and my role now is to assist Council Officials where required and to keep pressure on to ensure there are no undue delays in getting to the planning stage. Confirmation of funding last May has allowed this work to re-commence. There was no work being carried out on this project before this funding was confirmed but I am happy that progress is now being made. Athy needs this ring road and I will continue to work with Kildare County Council to ensure it is delivered as quickly as possible.”