Tuesday 12 December 2017

City's go-slow zone to stay despite opposition

THE controversial 30kph zone in the capital is to remain in place despite opposition.

As part of a planned review of its speed limit bye-laws, Dublin City Council had sought comments on the operation of the go-slow strategy on the north and south quays.

However, only four of the 22 submissions supported the speed restriction, the council stated in a report.

A further seven 'broadly opposed' the measure and wanted either the limit revised to 50kph or the extent of the zone substantially reduced.

In addition, six people requested the limits be imposed on local or minor roads outside Dublin city centre.

The remaining five submissions included a complaint regarding motorists breaking the limit on Clonliffe Road.

Another stated there are too many different speed zones in the capital.

Taking into account the positive and negative comments, the council's traffic department "does not recommend any changes" to the status quo, it said.

The local authority favours the retention of the limit in the city centre because of the presence of a high number of pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

"The length of the north and south quays within the zone is very limited. The quays within the zone, while carrying a significant volume of vehicular traffic, also cater for a large number of other road users," it said.

Traffic officials believe the overall benefits outweigh any annoyance or minor delays to motorists.

The bye-laws introducing the go-slow measure came into effect in January 2010.

Within months, the extent of the zone had been reduced following pressure from councillors, TDs and other groups.


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