A LOCAL speed limit review is helping to pave the way for a new entrance to be opened at Evergreen Football Club’s grounds on the Kells Road.
A temporary lowering of the speed limit from 80kph on that stretch of road to 60kph during the times that matches and training are under way was discussed by members of the Callan electoral area of Kilkenny County Council last week. Their discussion is part of a review of speed limits across the county.
The council has recommended that planning permission for Evergreen FC’s new entrance be granted, but one of the conditions attached is that such a temporary speed limit be introduced. The required signs are being paid for by the club.
With a 60kph speed limit on either side of the entrance, it will allow for the necessary sight distance of 90 metres in both directions, senior engineer Simon Walton pointed out.
Cllr Matt Doran (FF) also proposed that a 60kph speed limit be considered outside Callan Golf Club, where there are also eight or nine houses along the stretch of road.
“From a safety point of view, 80 is too fast for the traffic coming on that stretch of road,” he said, noting that the road is also subject to flooding in a heavy rain.
Although it was noted that drivers won’t necessarily obey a lower speed limit when they have been ignoring a higher one, Cllr Doran said in this case it might at least urge them in the right direction in terms of safety.
“The habit of most drivers is that if the speed limit is 100 they’ll go 110 and if it’s 80 they’ll go 90. So if it’s 60 they might do 70,” he said.
When the proposed changes for the county as a whole are compiled, they will be put on public display for 28 days before being brought back to the full council for adoption.