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30km/h proposal for Galway city centre backed by councillors, detailed plan to be drawn up

30km/h could soon be the standard speed limit across most or all of the city centre in Galway — councillors supported a motion on the issue at their monthly council meeting and Galway City Council officials are to draw up detailed plans.

Cllr Owen Hanley (Social Democrats) said: “At today’s City Council meeting my motion calling on the Council to create an city centre speed limit of 30km was passed 8 to 6. While we wait for active travel infrastructure we can take other steps to change our city! Thanks to Fianna Fáil, Greens and Labour for support.”

He added: “The Council will come back to Councillors with a report on creating special bye-laws for this. I also called on the Council to consider helping Council tenants with the burden of the cost of living by reviewing Council rents. The Chief Executive is reviewing the proposal.”

Any firmer proposals by officials would have to go through the formal speed limit adoption process which includes a statutory public consultation process and another vote by councillors on the final recommendations after that process.

The Galway Cycling Campaign said: “Great cross-party support for a sensible road safety action. Galway City Council can quickly dust off the speed limits report from Sept 2020 and lift out the 30km/h zone. Wouldn’t be surprised if residents and schools on boundary roads want inclusion!”

An image posted by the campaign of a previous city council proposal that was not implemented:

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