Irish Road Speed Limits: A Pile Of Piss?
This is something I've been meaning to blog about for a while now (in reality there's a lot I want to blog about but never do). In the last few years, Cork's South Ring Road/N22 had it's speed limit increased from 100kph to 120kph, a limit which I always assumed was specially designated for Motorway classed roads. After all, it's only motorways with their "specially" designed structuring that could handle the extra 20kph over the national limit. And yet, we find here in Cork, a national route with a "motorway" speed limit. I find this paradox unsettling. Either the road is suitable to be classed as a motorway as the speed limit indicates or it isn't, as the classification of a National Route indicates. Surely having it both ways makes a mockery of road safety in Ireland [it wouldn't be hard, I hear you say]. There is a clause that allows local authorities to decrease the speed limit as they see fit on roads, but the increase in this case is obscene.
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Next on my agenda will be to tackle the criminal level of poor roundabout design in Ireland. That one will be posted right around whenever...
Posted at 15:50