Measures to Address Speeding At Upper Kilmoney Road, Carrigaline
Writes Leo McMahon
Measures are to be taken by Cork County Council to curb speeding at Upper Kilmoney Road, Carrigaline.
Executive engineer Billy Horgan circulated the results of a speed survey conducted there over a fortnight in March to members of Bandon-Kinsale Municipal District at their monthly meeting in response to concern about speeding.
‘The road is within the 50km/hr limit and the average speed recorded is 50km/hr but there is a significant number of vehicles travelling at speeds greater than this, enough for measures to be considered to try and make motorists aware of travelling at an appropriate speed.’
Initial measures proposed, said Mr Horgan were: 1) installation of signage to remind motorists of the speed limit and to slow down and 2) renew lining of the complete road and junctions.
It was also hoped, he added, to put in place electronic driver-activated signs which flash the speed of a motorist. Cllr Gillian Coughlan (FF) complimented the engineer, adding that driver activated signs were very effective along with good lining.
‘Once these measures are completed and after an appropriate time, the area office will look to review their efficiency. If not found to have a significant effect, further engineering measures will need to be considered, designed and funding sought’, Mr. Horgan added.
In reply to Cathaoirleach Kevin Murphy (FG), senior executive engineer Charlie McCarthy said table-top anti-speed ramps were not ideal on roads with significant volumes, because these tended to cause a noise issue and resulted in diverting some traffic into using estates as rat runs to avoid same.
Welcoming the report, Cllr Aidan Lombard (FG) said there were concerns from residents’ associations along Upper Kilmoney Road, which is wide in sections, about speeding there.
With the go-ahead to upgrade the nearby Ferney Road, he urged that a design be sought immediately to improve Upper Kilmoney Road as a continuation along the south side of Carrigaline. The engineer said he was very mindful of this, bearing in mind new school and housing developments planned for this part of the town.