Public’s views sought on new speed limits for county roads

Proposals for new speed limits on national primary and secondary roads, and regional and local roads, in County Galway, are available for public consultation. Cllr Jim Cuddy is calling on people to make their views known.

Following a long campaign, the Galway County Council has begun a review of speed limits on county roads. The proposals are going out for public consultation and the Garda and Transport Infrastructure Ireland will also be consulted.

Athenry-Oranmore independent councillor Jim Cuddy has welcomed the review but noted that he had “first requested a review of speed limits back in 2007”. He said: “Many roads, particularly country roads, around Claregalway were being used daily as high-speed run rats to avoid the traffic gridlock in Claregalway village.”

At a meeting of the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District on June 13, engineers presented councillors with maps of proposed changes to speed limits on the roads, except the local country roads, which will be dealt with later in the year. The same procedure will be carried out in the other municipal districts in the county. TII will make the final decisions with regard to the national primary, national secondary and regional roads. Councillors will make the decisions regarding local country roads.

“I believe this will be important,” said Cllr Cuddy, “as councillors will have local knowledge and will best be able to determine appropriate speed limits that should apply.”

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