• Cllr Brian Dennehy

Sundrive Road – traffic calming measures

COMHAIRLE CONTAE FHINE GALL

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

BALBRIGGAN/SWORDS AREA COMMITTEE MEETING

[Services A – Operational Matters]

Thursday 11th September, 2014

ITEM NO. 55



Question: Councillor B. Dennehy

“To ask the Chief Executive to install traffic calming measures on either side of the Sundrive Road where it

intersects Hands Lane in order to slow down the increased traffic using the route to avoid the Main Street Rush?”

Reply:

Fingal County Council makes application annually to the National Transport Authority (NTA) for funding for traffic

management schemes in the county. The emphasis in making NTA funding application has been on the

promotion of walking, cycling and accessibility to public transport, as these are the type of applications most

likely to be successful. Funding is also available from the National Roads Authority (NRA) for low cost safety

schemes such as speed readers and junction improvements.

The majority of the speed ramps provided in Fingal in the past were funded by development levies or were

provided as part of new housing developments. In recent years, applications by Fingal County Council to the

NRA for funding for speed ramps have been unsuccessful.

The provision of traffic calming measures at this location would require the installation of public lighting and

other civil works in addition to the provision of the ramps themselves.

A road traffic calming scheme consisting of the provision of a number of speed ramps on Channel Road, Rush

was implemented by the Council in 2005 and this scheme has proven very successful in improving safety and

reducing speeding along this road.

However, one of the knock-on effects of the introduction of ramps in one location is that it can increase traffic on

other roads and lanes in the immediate area including in this instance, South Shore Road, Rogerstown (Pier)

Road, Crescent Road, Sundrive Road, Golf Road (Corr’s Lane), Sandy Road, Sandy Lane, Hand’s Lane and St.

Joseph’s Road and numerous requests have been made to provide additional calming measures on these other

routes.

In response to these requests, further traffic calming measures have since been provided on Healy’s Lane, Daly’s

Lane, Spout Road, Rogerstown (Pier) Road and Convent Lane.

It is also apparent that some drivers will avoid the routes where traffic calming has been provided, effectively

passing the problem on from one road to another. It is not feasible to provide speed ramps throughout the entire

area and a more strategic approach to this issue would be considered appropriate.

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