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Zany transport chiefs want cars banned, 30km/h

FRESH from the 30km/h disaster in Dublin the zany National Transport Authority (NTA) wants the limit rolled out in other places.

Dublin City Council is planning to drop the 'too slow' limit but not the quango NTA.

The group says it wants the crazy limit in towns and cities around Ireland with a ban on cars.

In its draft strategy for the greater Dublin area, the NTA said: "The authority will seek reductions in traffic speeds in town centres, and the application of a 30kph speed limit in the commercial and retail core of Dublin city centre and other town and village centres."

It also wants 30kph limits on residential roads and in the vicinity of schools.

The lower limits will be introduced to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians, reduce noise and create a more pleasant environment, the NTA said.

The Dublin transport strategy also includes plans to consider shared-use streets.

In these zones, people would have priority over cars.

The NTA has opened an "extensive" public consultation on its draft strategy.

The authority's chief executive Gerry Murphy pointed out that the city needs to be ready for the additional traffic which will come when the economy grows.

The strategy includes the implementation of Metro North and Metro West as well as Dart Underground.

It also involves a new Luas line from Lucan to the city centre with a possible extension to Poolbeg and the extension of the Luas Green Line to Bray. Suburban railway lines would also be expanded, with an additional track planned for between Balbriggan and Connolly, Cherry Orchard and Inchicore.

A key element would be the closures of level crossings, allowing for increased train frequencies.

The strategy will be presented to the next Minister for Transport in May/June following the last round of public consultation. Public comments and feedback are welcomed until April 11.

comurphy@herald.ie