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Plans afoot to increase speed limit at Castlebar ‘trap’

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Plans afoot to change speed limits on Castlebar’s Ballinrobe Road

Plans by Mayo County Council and the National Road Authority (NRA) to amend speed limits on the Ballinrobe Road out of Castlebar received a general thumbs up at last week’s meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District. However, one councillor voiced dissension, stating that the amendments did not go far enough.
Director Services Paddy Mahon explained to the meeting that the NRA was in favour of having a 50kph limit out as far as the turn off for Milebush on the Ballinrobe Road, but that after this, the limit on the straight stretch exiting the town, out to McGovern’s garage, should be increased to 60kph. Mr Mahon said it was also planned to extend the 60kph limit out as far as the Kog Logistics warehouse on the Ballinrobe Road, which had been a planning condition as part of the Kog planning permission.
Chairman of the Municipal District, Cllr Al McDonnell, said the changes were long overdue, as the majority of motorists felt this area was a ‘trap’ for collecting speeding fines.

‘Sitting ducks’
“Drivers have for years been ‘sitting ducks’ for speeding fines on this road, so I feel we should support the changes and get them implemented as quickly as possible,” said Cllr McDonnell.
The changes to the N84 speed limits were proposed by Cllr Frank Durcan and seconded by Cllr Cyril Burke, but Cllr Michael Kilcoyne refused to support the changes as he felt they were inadequate.
“We all know how long it takes for the NRA to make changes, so we should be trying to get as much done with these changes as possible. The new 60kph zone should most definitely run all the way out to Aughadrinagh Cottages, as the people living there are taking their lives into their own hands when trying to pull out on to the N84, which has a speed limit of 100kph still in place,” said Cllr Kilcoyne. He added that the Independent grouping on Mayo County Council would not be supporting the changes in their current format when they come before a full meeting of the authority.