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U-turn: now council admits 30km won't give you green

City leaders have made a U-turn after finally admitting that it is impossible to guarantee drivers a clear run of green lights on the quays if they drive at 30kph.

The admission comes after Dublin City Councillor Andrew Montague, who championed the extension of the new lower limit, said the sequence of traffic lights would be timed for motorists driving at 30kph, to ensure them a clear run. The astonishing claims caused consternation among drivers in the city, and were repeatedly disproved by the Herald.

"The main change of the sequencing is on the quays because that is where people get up their speeds," Mr Montague said.

But a spokesperson for the Council today told the Herald the suggestion that the lights sequence would be altered to give green lights to those driving at 30kph "did not come from us".

The spokesperson said it "would be practically impossible" to ensure a constant free flow of traffic on the quays especially at peak times as it would cause traffic chaos in other parts of the city.

"You cannot guarantee that. If you had green lights all the way up the quays, can you imagine what that would be like in other parts of the city, there would be red lights everywhere else," he said.

"No one would suggest that in congested conditions one can drive at 30kph through a sequence of traffic lights without stopping. Off peak there is more capacity to act and this is under consideration by the ITS section," he added.

The Council said it is unable to estimate the number of complaints it has received since the controversial new speed was introduced on Monday.

"That's a tough one to gauge given the size of the organisation and the scale of the 'ports of call' within the organisation. All I can say is that most new measures are met with contention and it's inevitable that there would be some degree of protest, the coverage in the media and the press speaks for itself."

But Conor Faulkner said AA Roadwatch has received "literally hundreds of calls, texts and emails about it".

Mr Faulkner called on the council to reverse the speed limits in certain hazardous areas.

"I do hope DCC will change at least the more dangerous areas, like the quays or Christ Church, because forcing people to drive at 30kph in that location conflicts with the engineering of the roads.

"This makes it unnatural to drive at this speed coming down the hill at Christ Church and on the quays, which is one of the safest stretches of roads in the country.

aanderson@herald.ie


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