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Speed change: 'looking for trouble'

Thursday, 9th November, 2017 9:28am

A northside councillor has slammed plans to increase the North Ring Road speed limit.

Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan has criticised Cork City Council plans to increase the speed limit on the North Ring Road from the existing 50 kilometre per hour maximum to 60kph.

Cllr Tynan was of the opinion that the North Ring Road was not a proper ring road and had been constructed in the 1980s as a compromise route due to the shortage of funds for a proper by-pass road.

He said: “There is a vast difference between the South Ring Road and its northern counterpart. There is no comparison in fact.

“The North Ring Road is the only access for dozens of housing estates and quite a number of individual houses. It is impossible for traffic to flow freely and it is bumper-to-bumper most of the time. To increase the speed limit is looking for trouble.”

The Mayfield based councillor said that at present residents along the route of the North Ring Road have a nightmare scenario trying to leave their parks or return home. Hundreds of trucks trundle along the road every hour and crossing into estates is a lethal undertaking.

“To increase the speed limit even further will inevitably lead to more collisions many of which are likely to lead to serious injury or worse.”

He said that the North Ring Road was never designed to take the present levels of traffic and it is not, by any standard, a proper ring road.

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