Only four county estates proposed for speed limit reduction in 2020

Only four housing estates in Galway county will be put forward for an introduction of a 30km/h speed limit in 2020.

Since 2015, a total of 165 housing estates in the county have seen the creation of slow zones and a speed limit of 30km/h.

The estates up for consideration are Summerfield and River Oaks in Claregalway, Burren View in Gort, and Cois an Eolais in Portumna.

Emergency services vehicles are exempt from the speed limits.

Acting senior engineer of the Galway County Council, Fiona Holland, told the chamber at Tuesday afternoon's Athenry-Oranmore municipal district meeting at County Hall, that the reason for the considerable drop in number of proposed housing estates was due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions and that there was a backlog in previous years.

County Cathaoirleach James Charity said the introduction of slower speed limits was broadly welcomed on the streets and that if the speed limits worked well in Dublin, then they could work well in Galway.

Public consultation on the proposed introduction of the new speed limit bye-laws for the aforementioned areas will begin when they approved by the Galway County Council.


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