New Speed Limits Will Be Introduced in Dublin From March
New speed limits of 30km/h
Dublin City Council has just announced new speed limits, which will be introduced in Dublin in March and further changes will be implemented again, in May.
They said that 550 submissions were sent in by the public and the majority of those submissions were in favour of reducing speeds from the current 50km/h to 30km/h.
The new speed limits will also be rolled out in May, to Sandymount, Crumlin, Drimnagh and Raheny, as well as parts of Cabra, Phibsboro, Coolock, Glasnevin and Drumcondra.
New speed limits “ridiculous”
The AA has said, though, that the new speed limits are ‘ridiculous’, despite a “specific instruction” from the Department of Transport to consider the proposed changes. Dublin City Council is adamant that they will stand firmly by their decision to introduce 30km limits.
A public consultation on speed limits was launched by Dublin City Council back in July. Of the 550 submissions received by the Council, 100 supported the expansion of 30km/hr speed limits to other parts of the city.
Approximately another 100 said that, reducing speed limits on its own where not sufficient, while 83 were concerned that current speed limits are usually ignored and enforcement needs to be improved.
In contrast, the AA proposed increases to the speed limit in the city centre and the quays, as well as in locations such as Fairview Strand and Cork Street. According to the AA, the current speed limit on the north and south quays of 30km/hr should actually be increased to 60km/hr to avoid traffic congestion. They said that a 30km/h limit is “ridiculous for a city centre commuter route”.
Dublin City Council have said, though, that these changes will make “residential streets and areas around schools safer”. They went on to say, that, arterial routes into the city will retain speed limits of between 50km/hr and 80km/hr.
The final decision on speed limit changes will be made at a full council meeting on Monday 5 December.