Card and phone payment system expected to improve traffic and parking congestion in Kildare People’s Forest

A card payment system at the entrance to Donadea Forest Park in West Kildare will reduce congestion on local roads, it is believed.

A parking control campaign by the warden should be put in place near the forest park to try to resolve the parking problems but a new payment system to be installed by the end of this year could solve the problem.

Cllr Paul Ward said Coillte will update the barrier system from a coin-operated entry system to a charge card system, which can be used through charge cards and phones. “There is enough parking, but people are slow to drive because they need to find parts for the machines,” he said.

In the meantime, Coillte will have staff present in the popular forest area to remove barriers in the event of traffic congestion in the area.

On November 6, Cllr Ward learned at the Clane-Maynooth Municipal District meeting that the district engineer had met with elected members, representatives from Coillte and An Garda Siochána earlier in the summer to discuss the question.

Cars are illegally parked on public roads and endanger other road users.

Officials said it was an enforcement issue and beyond the power of Kildare County Council.

They said it was agreed that Coillte would install a new user-friendly barrier and that Gardai would undertake an enforcement campaign.

Kildare County Council is to help Coillte fill in to build roadsides to restrict parking if needed.

Cllr Ward said he is meeting Coillte on November 26 and will ask them to request roadside infill.

The council said the situation will be reviewed within six months of implementing all of the above.

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