Dublin City Council plans for 30km/h zones across residential zones

Jonathon Lynam

Dublin City Council is set to introduce 30 km/h speed limit zones in residential zones across the city.

The Dublin City Council transport policy committee approved a new law last week which would see speed limits reduced to 30 km/h in all residential areas within their region.

The speed limit changes are expected to come into place early next year in three phases, beginning with North-western suburbs such as Glasnevin, Finglas and Ballymun in March next year.

However, the law is not yet in place yet as the council still must vote on the decision in their meeting in January.

The proposed change comes after the council held a public consultation back in August on the issue with almost 700 people supporting the limits out of the 911 that responded.

“From our examination of international experiences and from an assessment of the existing 30km/h speed limit areas in Dublin City, all have recorded only positive outcomes in terms of this road safety objective,” says a report produced by the council’s transportation department on the changes that would improve road safety.

The report also says that other environmental benefits have also been recorded “such as positive feedback from residents who live within a designated 30km/h area”.

Martin Hoey, a member of the Public Participation Network claims that there is a lack of enforcement of the existing 30 Km/h zones saying that there is a lot of 30km/h zones where buses cars and trucks are still doing 50km/h or more and that they need to look at enforcement more seriously.

At the transport policy committee meeting last Wednesday evening Senior Executive Engineer, Helen Smirnova said that the council will be looking at arterial roads with schools in the future and may reduce speed limits on these roads from 50km/h to 40 or even 30km/h.

The council has been working on reducing speed limits throughout the city and suburbs since 2007 when it lowered the speed limits in the shopping and central business area of the city from 50km/h to 30km/h.

This was then extended in 2011 to include Bolton Street on the Northside, St Stephens Green on the south side, and was extended further last year to 12 more southside suburbs and 19 on the north side.

The Transportation Department estimates that this latest phase of the slow zones will cost €400,000 to implement.

Jonathon Lynam

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