Councillors put brakes on 30kph speed limits

Councillors put brakes on 30kph speed limits

LOCAL councillors have put the brakes on the introduction of 30kph speed limits in the south-east of the city.

Dozens of other city roads will see limits reduced in line with government policy after Cork City Council approved the measure this week.

The bylaws are due to come into effect on November 1, 2017, with specific signage set to be added to residential areas before that date.

Cork city received approximately €16,000 funding from the Dept of Transport for the project.

However, Fianna Fáil's Terry Shannon pulled the south-east ward from the list, indicating that many of the roads chosen for reduced limits 'made no sense' in the context of the project.

It is the only part of the city that will not see any changes in the coming weeks and months, with further discussions set to be held between local councillors and city officials.

Mr Shannon said, "It was simply ticking boxes to keep civil servants happy. There were cul de sacs in Blackrock and Mahon set to get new lower limits, while busy roads that need them weren't going to see any change. It made no sense."

The former Lord Mayor said the new limits made sense on many roads, in particular those in housing estates and at schools, but said that the final list prepared for the south-east ward was 'not up to scratch.'

"Some areas need actual traffic calming," he said.

"We don't have a budget for that but these new signs won't do much. We need proper digital signs that show you your speed and that your exceeding the limit.

"The old style signs don't make a huge difference.

"As far as I'm concerned, there's no point in doing half the job."

Further debate will be held in the coming weeks between councillors in the area, with Mr Shannon suggesting that a revised list may be produced later this year.

"It needs to be realistic," he said.

While some concerns were raised at the roads meeting, Mr Shannon said nobody else sought to stop the process.

"Perhaps there were no issues in other parts of the city - and that's fine," he said.

"But you have to question why, for example, Clontarf East was on the list and Browningstown wasn't. We need to take another look and see what it is all about."

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