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Tuesday 19 June 2018

30kph speed limits set to be extended across city

Dublin City Council plans a major expansion of its 30kph speed limits this year and ultimately hopes to extend it to cover all residential streets in the entire city by 2020.

However, the council's transport committee chairman, Ciaran Cuffe, said he wants to see more enforcement of the 30kph limits by gardai.

The third phase of the plan will see the reduced limit extended to include 12 new areas on the southside and another 19 on the northside.

South of the River Liffey, the areas include Harold's Cross, Rathmines, Ranelagh, Inchicore and Ballsbridge.

Meanwhile, among the new areas north of the river are Cabra, Phibsborough, Glasnevin, North Wall, East Wall, Artane, Coolock, Killester and Clontarf.

Pilot

Dublin City Council also plans to introduce a pilot scheme where a periodic speed limit of 30kph would be introduced outside schools on main roads at times when children are arriving and leaving school.

Speaking to the Herald yesterday about the proposals, Cllr Cuffe stressed that the limits will be for residential streets, not the main roads.

"We've introduced the 30kph limit in most of the inner city and we're starting to move it out to the inner suburbs," said the Green Party councillor.

"By 2020 we hope to cover the entire city. This is on residential roads, not on the main roads.

"Any streets where children are being brought up should be made safer.

"It will be good for older people, kids and families."

However, he said that gardai need to put more resources into enforcement of the 30kph speed limits.

"We're dependant on An Garda Siochana for enforcement and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to get the message out," he said.

"I think a year on [from the introduction of the 30kph residential limit] I'd like to see the guards and the RSA put more effort into the issue. We need more help from the guards.

"It's important that they're out there and have a presence, and are not just policing the long, straight roads but on the residential roads too."

A garda spokesman said: "Local garda management closely monitors the allocation of all resources... to ensure optimum use is made of garda resources, and the best possible garda service is provided to the public.

"Senior garda management is satisfied that an adequate policing service continues to be delivered and that current structures in place meet the requirement to deliver an effective and efficient policing service to the community.

Advocating

"This situation is continually reviewed," he added.

A spokesperson for the RSA said: "The RSA has been advocating for the rollout for 30kph speed limits not only in residential areas, but specifically in our towns and cities across the country for a number of years now."

The spokesperson said the RSA had also brought over experts from the UK to advise road engineers, policy makers and elected representatives at local and national level.

"Therefore, the RSA has been very active at promoting and advocating for the deployment of 30kph speed limits nationally and we would use this opportunity to renew our call for local authorities to extend 30kph speed limits across our urban centres to a greater degree," the spokesperson added.

The proposals will be brought before the transport committee on Thursday and will then go before the full city council, before a public consultation is held.

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