A new 50 kilometer per hour speed limit on approach to the village of Kilmeaden in County Waterford has been described as excessive.
Last month a new 30 kilometer per hour speed limit was introduced in residential areas across Waterford city and county, as part of a county-wide review of speed limits.
Included in that review is a 3 kilometer stretch of the Old Cork Road before Kilmeaden, which has gone from an 80 to 50 zone.
Some in the area have said it’s an excessive measure, and could bring its own dangers.
Fine Gael Councillor Seanie Power says locals and commuters might not have been aware of the extent of the speed limit reduction as no submissions were made to the public review. He says some people have expressed their frustration to him, but it could be upwards of 18 months before the plan is re-examined.
Donal Daly is Director of the Sweep Garage in Kilmeaden. He says that a lot of traffic still passes through the village, in spite of the Kilmeaden bypass. Donal feels the lower limit is ‘extremely excessive’.