Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (104)

Ciarán Cuffe


169 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Transport if it will be possible under new speed regulations to introduce 30 kph speed limits on sections of the city centre road network such as along the city quays or on streets such as Pearse Street, Westmoreland Street and College Green. [6813/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

A broadly based working group established last year to review speed limit policies, against the backdrop of the adoption of metric values for speed limits, has presented a comprehensive report that incorporates a wide range of recommendations. The report is available on my Department's website and copies have been forwarded to the Oireachtas.

The working group recommended that a default speed limit of 50 kmh should apply in built-up areas. This value is very similar to the current default speed limit of 30 mph in built-up areas. In addition a particular recommendation has been made with regard to the introduction of a special low speed limit of 30 kmh for some residential areas that meet certain criteria, in particular where appropriate traffic calming measures are provided. The working group envisaged that the application by local authorities of this special low speed limit would be subject to guidelines to be issued by my Department.

I have given careful consideration to the working group's recommendations. I intend to bring the necessary legislative proposals needed to support new speed limit structures based on the working group's report before the Oireachtas shortly.