Research into traffic in Dublin shows pedestrians move at 1.5 miles per hour while their London counterparts move at 3.5 miles per hour.

As a result of traffic congestion, both human and motor, Dublin's main thoroughfare is getting a traffic control overhaul. The pace of movement is just too slow.

Crossing the road can on occasion resemble the self-destructive migration of the arctic lemming. Why not stop and have a chat in the middle of the road indeed?

It is hoped that the solution can be found in a modest little computer in the form of a

Dutch electronic brain.

The new technology which Dublin Corporation has installed.cost around £10,000 but it replaces in a working day about 22 Gardaí on traffic duty.

It's programmed to control the traffic flow through the different peak periods and indeed the slacks in mid-afternoon and mid-morning.

Derek Davis jokes that the technology may be hi-tech but says it can't write a parking ticket.

The new system is due to be switched on on 15 January.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 January 1977. The reporter is Derek Davis.