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Speed limit Review passed by Monaghan MD despite opposition

Jan 17, 2022 15:01 By News Northern Sound
Speed limit Review passed by Monaghan MD despite opposition Speed limit Review passed by Monaghan MD despite opposition
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There was opposition to the decision not to change the speed limit approaching Rossmore, which is currently 80km/h.

The Speed limit Review 2022 has been passed by the Monaghan MD despite some opposition.

Senior engineer Gareth McMahon presented the five year plan which assesses changes to speed limits in the county.

However, despite passing by majority decision there was some reluctance.

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The Engineering Assessment by the Roads Section of Monaghan County Council presented the review this morning to the members of the Monaghan Municipal District.

It has already been passed by the Ballybay Clones MD earlier this morning and is due to go before the Carrickmacross-Casltblayney MD next week.

As part of this review 81 locations were reviewed with a selection of these moved forward for the second stage of assessment.

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One of the main decisions was in relation to estates that were Taken in Charge by the council, with a proposal put forward that the speed limits in eight estates would be reduced from 50 km/h to 30km/h.

These include Manor Crest in Monaghan, Ferndale in Emyvale, and The Ferns in Scotstown.

When questioned by councillor Cathy Bennett as to whether a by-law could be passed to have a standard 30 km/h speed limit in all estates and villages in the county, engineers advised that this would lead to compliance issues with regards to the villages, and that only estates that were taken in charge could have a reduced speed limit.

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However, it was councillor Sean Conlon who raised the most contentious issue around the plan, when he asked why the speed limit approaching Rossmore couldn’t be reduced to 60 km/h, citing safety concerns at the entrance of the park.

He was told based on research that drivers were moderating their speed accordingly on that stretch currently and the core of the issue was visibility.

It was suggested that the speed limit remain unchanged but that alignment redesign works should be carried.

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The review was passed by all with the exception of councillor Conlon.

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