Architect of 30kmh speed limit proposes a hasty U-turn
Published 10/02/2010 | 05:00
THE architect of the new 30kmh speed limit in the centre of Dublin has proposed a U-turn over the changes following a massive public backlash.
Labour councillor Andrew Montague last night outlined plans which reduce the areas covered by the drastic 30kmh zone in central Dublin.
Motorists have reacted with anger to the zone in Dublin city centre, especially around the quays where they say traffic is being unnecessarily slowed.
Cllr Montague said he would put forward a new plan which would keep the 30kmh zone between Capel Street Bridge and O'Connell Bridge, but revert the rest of the quays to their former 50kmh limit.
In addition, the eastern boundary of the zone would be pulled back from Merrion Street to Kildare Street.
An emergency meeting of Dublin City Council's transport committee is expected to discuss the proposals before they are brought before the next full meeting of councillors at the beginning of March.
Dublin City Council has moved to defend the scheme, which it said was there for safety reasons and was in line with best international practice.