Speed limit lowered for housing estates

A reduced speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour is to be introduced in a number of housing estates across the county, after councillors unanimously approved new bylaws at Monday’s council meeting (October 24 ).

Some 94 estates in Athlone, 19 in Moate, as well as several more in towns and villages across the county will be affected by the new speed limits.

The Athlone estates are: Abbeygarth, Altown, Annesfield Woods, Arcadia Crescent, Ardbrae Park, Ardilaun, Ardnaglug, Ardnaree, Ashdale,Ashgrove, Ashley Crescent, Assumption Road, Auburn, Auburn Close, Auburn Drive, Auburn Heights, Auburn Terrace, Auburn Villas/Montree, Battery Heights (From Grotto Mitchell’s Terrace Westbound ), Beechpark, Beechpark West, Black’s Avenue, Bloomfield Drive, Bonnavalley, Bramble Close, Brawney, Caislean Riada, Cartron Drive, Cartrontroy Heights, Chestnut Court, Cherryfield Avenue, Church Hills, Churchfields, Churchwood, Cloghanboy Ave, Cloghanboy Close, Cloghanboy Park, Cloghanboy (Servicemen Cottages ), Clonbrusk Estate, Columba’s Terrace, Connaught Gardens, Coolevin Park, Coosan Heath, Cornamaddy House (off N55 ), Cypress Gardens, Grovelands, Harry’s Lane, Highfield Court, Hillcourt, Iona Grove, Iona Park, Iona Villas, John Paul Park (Fairgreen ), Maple Court, Marine View, Mayfield Grove, McCormack Park, Meadowbrook, Moreno, Newtown Terrace, Parnell Square/Patrick Street, Pinewood Close, Priory Park, Railway View, Retreat Heights, Retreat Mews, Retreat Park, Retreat Ridge, Rindoon Park/Hazelwood, Roslevin Lawn, Sarsfield Square, Sli an Afrinn, Southlands, St. Anne’s Terrace, St. Asicus Villas, St. Bridget’s Terrace, St. Francis Terrace/Lucas Lane, Railway View, St. Jospeh’s Villas, and St. Ruth’s Park.

The Moate estates are: Abbeygrange, Ard Grainne, Ave Maria Park, Cartrongrange, Cluain Duilleog, Coillin Bui, Forest Views, Gleann Duchas, Grovemount, Hall Road, Lakeview Drive, Mt. Carmel Drive, Oliver Plunkett Terrace, Sliabh Rua, St. Manchans, St. Patrick’s Crescent, St. Patrick’s Villas, Weavers Row and Windmill Lawns.

The introduction of a 30km/h speed limit in certain housing estates is part of a national initiative to reduce the speed of traffic in residential areas.

The speed limits in all housing estates are currently goverened by the speed limit on the road adjoining the estate, for example either 50 or 60 km/h.

In order to be included in the new bylaws, housing estates must be in charge of the council and therefore classified as public roads.

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