Limerick City Council seek to cut speed limit on quays

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

The roadworks on Howley's Quay in Limerick city
LIMERICK City Council is seeking to reduce the speed limit on three riverside road areas to 30 kilometres per hour (kph).

LIMERICK City Council is seeking to reduce the speed limit on three riverside road areas to 30 kilometres per hour (kph).

At present, the quay areas have a speed limit of 50 kph.

But councillors will next month be asked to vote on proposals to almost half this to just 30kph on the three quays between Sarsfield Bridge and Shannon Bridge.

The limits will apply to Howley’s Quay, Bishop’s Quay and Harvey’s Quay.

Director of service for transportation Vincent Murray said the decision has been taken due to the probability of high pedestrian movement once the boardwalk is open.

This is expected to take place at the end of November.

Chairman of the Transport and Infrastructure committee, Cllr Ger Fahy said: “It has been proven that the amount of people injured from cars speeding is high. Everyone understands it is very important we decrease the amount of people that are injured by driving cars. Pedestrians are frightened of being injured by speeding cars. It is appropriate that by reducing the driving target down to 30kph from 50kph, that it will improve the pedestrians and cyclists safety on the streets.”

He added that further streets may have their speed limits reduced in the future, in particular those which provide access points to the riverside, and the bridges.