COMHAIRLE CONTAE FHINE GALL
FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL
BALBRIGGAN/SWORDS AREA COMMITTEE MEETING
[Services A – Operational Matters]
Thursday, 13th October 2016
ITEM NO. 31
Traffic Calming measures Palmer Road, Rush
Question: Councillor B. Dennehy
"To ask the Chief Executive to give consideration to the installation of VAS traffic
speed reduction signage on the Palmer Road Rush south of Palmer Avenue and
before Palmer Court in order to bring traffic calming measures desperately
sought be resident in the area due to the number of speeding incidents in the
The Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits in Ireland lists vehicle
activated speed signage as a measure for encouraging speed reduction. Their
use is appropriate at specific hazards such as bends or junctions in urban or
rural areas where the speed limit is being exceeded or where drivers are
travelling at speeds inappropriate for the location. They have also been used on
the approaches to schools.
The guidelines advise that they are most effective for the first 2 weeks after
installation and that their overuse leads to over-familiarity by drivers and detract
from their effectiveness.
Traffic and pedestrian volumes are low at this location.
For the above reasons Palmer road where the speed reader has been requested
will not be considered for a speed reader.