Council may drive down city speed limits

by Rachel Darcy
Harold's Cross - one of several areas where speed limits could be changed soon

Lower speed limits may be rolled out across Dublin in the coming months. Dublin City Council officials are looking into extending the city centre’s 30 kilometre an hour speed limit to suburbs surrounding the city.

The proposals come after a review of ‘special speed limit bye-laws’ was undertaken by the council earlier this year. This will signal the third time that the zone will be extended.

Under the proposal, several neighbourhoods on the north and south of the city centre will see road speeds reduced.

Cabra, East Wall, Glasnevin, Artane, Harold’s Cross and Ballsbridge would all be affected by the change under DCC’s proposals.

In total, 12 zones on Dublin’s southside will be impacted by the reduced limits, while the northside will see 19 local areas have their speed limits altered.

There is, however, no change being proposed to arterial, or main, routes except for a short section of the Howth Road, from the Brookwood Avenue/Sybil Hill junction to Ennafort Road/Cill Eanna, where speeds will be reduced from 60KMPH to 50 KMPH.

Green Party councillor Ciaran Cuffe welcomed the new proposals, saying he hopes that the extension of the 30KMPH limit will mean “improved safety for all road users”.

However, he says that the proposed extension to the speed limit still does not extend far enough, as he believes the council should impose the speed limit on main routes as well.

“This would improve safety on such streets where there are a large amount of deaths and injuries. I want to see An Garda Siochana put more resources towards speed limit enforcement on residential streets.

“More people are being killed in Dublin by speeding cars than by gangland crime and we should ensure that more effort is made to tackle speeding,” he said.

Five more ‘periodic’ speed limits are also being proposed by the council. These limits would see the 30KMPH limit be introduced and put in operation in mornings and afternoons outside a number of schools.

The five schools that would be placed under the periodic limits are located at Griffith Avenue, Terenure Road East, Howth Road, Clareville Road in Terenure and Seamus Ennis Road in Finglas.

The proposals will be presented to DCC’s Transportation Committee next week.

If agreed, there will then be a full council meeting held to be passed for public consultation.
Initially introduced to the inner city in March 2017, the 30KMPH limit was extended to predominately residential areas last May.

If the proposals are agreed upon by the Transport Committee, it is expected that they will come before a meeting of the full council in June.

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