Speed lim­its be­ing ex­am­ined in Bray

Bray People - - NEWS -

PLANS to change some of Bray’s speed lim­its to 30km per hour are mov­ing for­ward.

Mem­bers re­ceived a re­port from the dis­trict en­gi­neer Liam Burke in­clud­ing a map of sug­gested lo­ca­tions and speeds. Su­per­in­ten­dent Pat Ward had also con­trib­uted to the project.

An Garda Síochána sup­port a mea­sure whereby all streets within a agreed ra­dius of the Main Street have their speed limit re­duced to 30kph rather than just a se­lected num­ber of streets. A con­tigu­ous zone with the one speed limit would ease en­force­ment and pros­e­cu­tion.

This arose from a pro­posal by Cllr Steven Matthews, who had pro­duced re­search con­firm­ing that there was less risk to life at the pro­posed speed.

Cllr Matthews thanked the en­gi­neer and Supt Ward. He said that while this was a bit less than he had sug­gested, he was very pleased with the pro­pos­als.

Cllr Matthews pro­posed the doc­u­ment pro­ceed, with Cllr Der­mot O’Brien sec­ond­ing.

Un­der the last speed limit re­view a 40 kph speed limit was adopted for the Main Street, 30kph for sur­round­ing res­i­den­tial roads and the speed limit on other ad­ja­cent re­gional, pri­mary and sec­ondary roads re­mained at 50kph. The na­ture of the Main Street and other streets within a short dis­tance of it, with the high pedes­trian vol­umes, re­sults in max­i­mum speeds closer to 30kph for most of the day.

‘I there­fore sup­port the pro­posal for a con­tigu­ous speed limit zone of 30kph cen­tred on the Main Street. How­ever, the dis­tance this extends on ad­join­ing streets should re­flect, as far as pos­si­ble, the na­ture of the road and the prin­ci­pal pur­pose it serves,’ wrote the en­gi­neer Mr Burke in his re­port. ‘Af­ter na­tional roads, re­gional roads and lo­cal pri­mary roads serve as im­por­tant link roads and mo­torists are not likely to ad­here to low speed lim­its on th­ese roads over long dis­tances un­less there are per­ceived haz­ards such as a lot of pedes­trian move­ment cross­ing the road or there are ma­jor vis­i­bil­ity is­sues.’

Any re­view of the speed limit bye laws will be han­dled by the Trans­port and Roads Depart­ment.

Cllr Steven Matthews

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