NEW speed limits are to be rolled out in the south-east of the city later this year after a compromise was reached between local councillors and City Hall.
The roads directorate at City Hall introduced a large number of 30kph speed limit zones in five of the city’s six wards last year.
The south-east, including Mahon, Blackrock, Ballinlough and Ballintemple, was omitted at the request of local councillors, who claimed that the roads and estates chosen made no sense. They argued that obvious choices for speed limits had been left off the list, while other estates which would be better served by speed ramps or other measures had been included.
The new laws came into effect on December 1, 2017, with councillors in the south-east now compromising on proposals for their area.
Many of these will target areas where residents have already sought traffic calming, with suggested areas including Churchyard Lane, Ardmahon Estate, Eglantine Park, Browningstown Park, Silverdale, Clontarf Estate, Loretto Park, Ashdale, Douglas Hall Lawn and Gatelodge.
The new proposals have been welcomed by the local councillors, including Fianna Fáil representative Cllr Nicholas O’Keeffe.
He said: “While there isn’t significant funding provided for the initiative, we do get an opportunity to create more awareness about the importance of safe driving within residential areas. Before the introduction, the zone is pre-tested to get an average speed, signage is provided, bye-laws are passed so the new speed limits can be enforced and finally post-testing is carried out to see the impact the introduction of the zone has had.”
Enforcement remains a matter for the gardaí, but Mr O’Keeffe said he hopes that the campaign will raise awareness in the local community, reducing risks.
He called for the introduction of electronic speed radar signs in a number of locations to add to the impact of the changes.
A spokesperson for the roads directorate at City Hall confirmed that the new proposed bye-laws will be brought before Cork City Council in the coming months.
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