Speed Reader Skerries Road, Rush
COMHAIRLE CONTAE FHINE GALL
FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL
BALBRIGGAN/SWORDS AREA COMMITTEE MEETING
[Services A – Operational Matters]
Thursday, 11th June 2015
ITEM NO. 40
Question: Councillor B. Dennehy
"To ask the Chief Executive to give an update on any progress of the previous
request for a speed reader to be installed on the Skerries Road entrance into Rush?"
A study of traffic speeds and accident statistics along the R128 Rush to Skerries
Road, between the northern entrance to St Catherine’s and the junction with the
Main Street, has been completed.
In summary, the numbers of accidents have reduced since 1995 with three fatalities
in the period 1995 to 2012, occurring in 2001, 2005 and 2011.
Two of the three fatalities occurred in the vicinity of Palmer Road and the third south
of the northern entrance to St Catherine’s. The two fatalities in the vicinity of Palmer
Road were single vehicle accidents that occurred at midnight and 00.45 respectively
where the road was wet. The fatality at St Catherine’s Park was also a single vehicle
accident that occurred at 19.45 also with wet road conditions.
Fingal County Council carried out a speed survey over a 3 day period in the vicinity
of the entrance to Clifflands, on the R128, between the 21st and the 23rd July 2014.
At this location the 85th percentile Speed recorded was as follows:
68km/h in the Northbound bound direction
65km/h Southbound direction
In traffic design, the 85th percentile speed is considered to be the value that most
appropriately represents traffic speed relative to the speed limit. If the 85th
percentile speed is within 20% of the speed limit then the limit is more likely to be
observed. The posted speed limit is 60kph. The 85th percentile speed for both
directions is within 20% of the posted limit.
The above values are based on all traffic over a 24 hour period.
The traffic survey and study of accident statistics at this location does not show
traffic behavior or an accident pattern that would require traffic calming measures.
It was agreed to place a chevron sign at the bend just north of Palmer Road and this
work will be carried out in the coming months.