Wednesday 13 December 2017

Council wants 30kmh limit rolled out to all of capital

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Ian Begley

Speed limits of 30kmh will be enforced right across Dublin city if the 'slow-zones' around the capital prove to be a success.

Dublin City Council (DCC) is hoping the entire city will be subject to the lower speed limits within the next few years.

Non-arterial areas in Dolphin's Barn, Smithfield, and Kilmainham were among the first to have their legal speed limit reduced to 30kmh.

The measure was extended to residential zones in the wider Dublin area in May, including Sandymount, Drimnagh and Crumlin, before being extended to parts of Glasnevin and Cabra.

Dermot Stevenson, senior executive engineer with DCC, told the Irish Independent that any expansion won't be done on an "ad hoc" or "willy-nilly" basis.

"We have to go through public consultation, compare reports, listen to councillors, lobby groups, etc," he said.

Mr Stevenson said it will take a year or two before the success of existing slow-zone areas can be determined.

The Road Safety Authority yesterday said Ireland is falling behind Europe in setting 30kmh speed limits in cities and towns.

Irish Independent

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