• Cllr Brian Dennehy

Rush to Skerries Road Improvements

COMHAIRLE CONTAE FHINE GALL

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

BALBRIGGAN/SWORDS AREA COMMITTEE MEETING

[Services A – Operational Matters]

Thursday, 8th December, 2016

ITEM NO. 18



Question: Councillor B. Dennehy

"To ask the Chief Executive to examine the Rush to Skerries R128 road and bring

forward a plan and recommendations that will improve the safety for Residents

on the road as well as motorist and pedestrians alike using the route which will

include all measures available from VAS signage to speed limit reduction to road

alignment where required?”

Reply:

The R128 is a single carriageway road varying in width from 5.5m to 7.0m with a

speed limit of 60km/h from Shenick Road to approximately 200m south of

Ballyhavil Lane, where the speed limit increases to 80km/h until the road reaches

Loughshinney, where the speed reduces to 50km/h through Loughshinney,

increasing to 80km/h south of Loughshinney and again reducing to 60km/h at

Rush Athletic FC.

A review of the collision statistics from the Road Safety Authority since 2005

shows three fatalities, 1 in 2005 and 1 in 2011, that also had one serious injury,

both single vehicle accidents between 11pm and 3am on a Sunday evening at the

Palmer Road junction. In 2016 there was a fatal accident north of Ballyhavil Lane

occurring between 11pm and 3am.

The Operations Department have discussed the possibility, with the DMR Traffic

Division of An Garda Sióchána, of speed cameras, a go safer van, and / or a

GATSO van being placed on the R128 at various locations.

A road safety working together group was established in September 2016 for the

Fingal administrative area. The aim of this working group is to promote and

improve road safety, reduce the number of road traffic fatalities and serious

injuries while raising road safety awareness. This will be achieved through

education measures, engineering measures and enforcement measures.

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