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?”
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.