Written answers

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Traffic Management

Photo of Patrick CostelloPatrick Costello (Dublin South Central, Green Party)
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85. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the level of engagement that the Department have had with local authorities regarding new rules which provide for zebra crossings without Belisha beacons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13171/24]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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In order to facilitate the updated Traffic Signs Manual (TSM) to include the two new zebra crossing layouts, two pilot studies were undertaken which involved collaboration with the local authorities in those counties. One of the pilot schemes was undertaken by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in collaboration with the Department of Transport and Active Travel teams in Limerick City and County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The second pilot was undertaken by TII in collaboration with Donegal County Council.

As part of the process of introducing the new zebra crossings, the concept was presented to, and discussed with local authorities at various events, including the Road Service Conference and the TII conferences with the proposed signs being on display at these events. The proposals were also brought brought before various groups including the high level transport group with LGMA, CCMA and local authority representatives. The NTA and Department of Transport continue to have open lines of communication with local authorities on a regular basis.

It should be noted that the new layouts are optional depending on the particular circumstances applying to the crossing and the belisha beacon crossing still remains an option.

In summary, the new zebra crossing layout have been developed via pilot studies which involved direct input from three local authorities. Local authorities had also been informed through various forums including conferences and events throughout 2023.


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