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“Ridiculous” 30kmh city speed limit to be rolled out in spring

“Ridiculous” 30kmh city speed limit to be rolled out in spring

PLANS to introduce lower speed limits throughout the capital will not come into effect until next year, reports the Herald.

Changes will be made to roads across the city, reducing the limit to 30kmh in many areas under new bye-laws.

A report on the bye-laws has made only two changes after an extensive public consultation on the plans.

These include one stretch of road – City Quay – retaining its 50kmh limit, having previously been earmarked as a 30kmh stretch.

 Inchicore Road, adjacent to Kilmainham Gaol, will also be added to the list of roads with a 30kmh speed limit.

Phase one of the changes will come into effect on March 31 and the second phase will come on stream at the end of May.

Ahead of the public consultation, AA Roadwatch objected to 30kmh speed limits on eight roads around the city.

These included North and South Quays as well as Dawson Street, which the group argued was “ridiculous for a city centre commuter route” and was “infuriating and a money-making scheme”.

They also objected to a proposed 50kmh limit on Fairview Strand Road. Feedback from the public has been prepared ahead of today’s meeting of the Transport SPC, addressing concerns raised.

One of these was the suggestion that the new limits target drivers and are a means of raising money through fines.

“The overriding principal of the review is clearly stated as a road safety initiative.

The proposal to expand the existing 30kmph into residential areas of Dublin city is not aimed at stopping people from driving,” the council said.

Meanwhile, a new proposal for the controversial Liffey Cycle Route is facing objections from both the Law Society and a local school.

Patrick McCormack, principal of Brunswick Secondary School, has hit out at the fact that the school was not consulted about plans to accommodate the route.

“All traffic on the Quays will be diverted up through Blackhall, on to North King Street, then on to North Brunswick Street, to turn back down Church Street to rejoin the Quays some 400 metres after it had to leave it,” he said.

Mr McCormack told the Herald he is concerned that his students – around 250 teens – will be at increased risk if the plans are implemented