OXMANTOWN ROAD SPEED SURVEY
Last year, the Transportation Department of Dublin City Council undertook a Speed Survey along Montpelier Hill onto Arbour Hill and along Oxmantown Road. While the area is included in the City Council’s 30km/hr Speed Limit, the surveys showed that the average vehicular speed was significantly higher than the 30km Speed Limit set for Arbour Hill and Oxmantown Road.
Transportation Engineers have recommended that as a result of the information contained in the Speed Surveys that an Improvement Scheme be developed in order to combat the higher than expected vehicular average speed along Oxmantown Road.
The North Inner City Council Engineer reported back to me this week advising that four separate proposals are included in the draft Oxmantown Road Traffic Improvement Scheme. Full details of what has been proposed are detailed below.
DRAFT TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME
The primary aim of the DRAFT Oxmantown Road Traffic Improvement Scheme will be improve pedestrian provision along the street, reducing driver operational speeds while at the same time enhancing the public realm and streetscape on Oxmantown Road.
Therefore, it is proposed that two small buildouts with trees be installed at the following junctions:
• Between Manor Place and Halliday Road (one buildout with a tree on each side of the road in parallel).
• Between Halliday Road and Moira Road (one buildout with a tree on each side of the road in parallel).
• Between Moira Road and Cowper Street (one buildout with a tree on each side of the road in parallel).
• Between Cowper Street and Ross Street (one buildout with a tree on each side of the road in parallel).
These proposals, if implemented, would result in a slight reduction of parking spaces. The Traffic Engineers who have prepared this draft scheme have indicated to me that approximately three metres of road front per buildout would be required.
Furthermore, in providing details of this Draft Traffic Improvement Scheme on Oxmantown Road, I want to gauge your support for this project and to identify the most acceptable locations for the buildouts and planting of trees. It is important to note that the planting or the locating of trees may depend on the presence of underground services.
Finally, the City Council is willing to examine possible locations for the provision of Sheffield Hangers for the storage of bicycles on Oxmantown Road. I have also asked Dublin City Council to assess the feasibility of an Electric Car charging point along Manor Place parallel to Billy Edwards Park in conjunction with the implementation of this scheme, if supported by residents.
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?
I want to hear from you before the March meeting of the North Inner City Committee. At that meeting, I intend to share with the local Engineer the views, concerns and put forward any questions that you may have about the proposals contained in the DRAFT Traffic Improvement Scheme. Once I have secured your views on the matter and clarified any issues that may arise with officials, I will confirm with the Transportation Department of Dublin City Council and the North Inner City Area Office an indicative timeline for the implementation of this scheme.
HOW YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SAY
The North Inner City Committee will meet next on March 12th in City Hall at 10am. Please email me with your views on the DRAFT Oxmantown Road Traffic Improvement Scheme before Friday, March 8th next. My email address is RayMcAdam@gmail.com.