The speed limit on the road from Galway Airport to Ballintemple is to be increased from 60kmph to 80kmph.
The change will be implemented by the National Roads Authority (NRA) later this year and has been welcomed by local Cllr Jim Cuddy.
The Oranmore councillor said he has been campaigning for the change for several years and is delighted that the NRA has now agreed to it, but that he is “very disappointed” that a number of other proposals, including a proposal to reduce the speed limit between the roundabouts in Oranmore were rejected by the authority.
“It should be the local authority, in conjunction with An Garda Siochana and local groups that determine the speed limits in particular areas and I put a proposal to the County Council meeting yesterday that the NRA are taken out of the review process altogether and this proposal was unanimously passed by Galway County Council members,” he said.
“With regards to the speed limits on country roads, which many people have been campaigning to have reduced from 80kmph, particularly in rural areas and outside schools, there is a national review body set up to review the national default speed limits and they are to report back within three months.
“I have been campaigning for the reduction of speed limits on country roads since 2007 and I am delighted that this national body will be reporting back in three months on this very important safety issue,” said Cllr Cuddy.