A report by consultants, appointed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), to review the controversial speed limits through the village of Breaffy outside Castlebar has been completed and is due to go before elected councillors at tomorrow’s (Wed) monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.
At present the speed limit through the busy village located on the N60 between Castlebar and Claremorris is 100 km per hour.
The local community and elected councillors all agree that the speed limit through Breaffy should be reduced to 60km per hour, as there have been a number of fatal and serious road collisions in the area over recent years. Public protests have been held in the village Breaffy to highlight to TII the need to reduce traffic speed through a built up area that includes a large primary school, a church, a pub and a hotel resort.
However, to date all the TII will agree to is to reduce the speed limit through Breaffy to 80km per hour generally, with a reduction to 60km per hour at school start and finish times.
Campaigners and councillors have refused to accept that option, and councillors will now discuss this latest consultant’s report on the problem. The report, according to Independent cllr Michael Kilcoyne generally concludes that that it recommends the 80km per hour zone, with 60km per hour limits imposed at school times, stating that it’s economically the best choice.
To reduce the speed limit through Breaffy permanently down to 60km per hour the latest report argues costs too much.
Cllr Kilcoyne has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the latest report...