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Speed ramps 'not appropriate' as safety measure on Palmer Road

Published 09/10/2012 | 12:40

FINGAL County Council will attempt to improve safety on Palmer Road in Rush through new signage but says the road is not suitable for speed ramps.

Cllr. Ken Farrell (Lab) requested speed ramps for the road, saying there were 'serious traffic hazards' there but the council explained why it believed this was not a suitable measure at this location. The council's transportation department said: 'Palmer Road Rush is located within the 50km/h built up area speed limit and serves both agricultural lands as well as residential developments. ' The section of the Palmer Road from the Skerries/Rush Road to Palmer Avenue has been upgraded as part of planning development permissions and, from this point to Kenure Lawns, Palmer Road is rural in character, varies in width and has poor alignment with no public lighting over the majority of its length. 'In the absence of continuous public lighting along this section of the road the provision of physical traffic calming would not be deemed appropriate. 'Significant funding would be required to provide public lighting and other improvements along the full extent of Palmer Road. 'Currently such funding is not available to the Council. The Operations Department will examine what low cost improvement measures might be appropriate on this road.' Those low cost measures will include new signs warning traffic of the nature of the road which it says will make ' the character of the road more visible and safer'. Cllr. Farrell was not convinced that the solution proposed by the council was good enough and said he was ' seriously concerned' that there would be an accident on the road.

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