Here's a funny thing, we know more roads linked to more roads will create worse traffic chaos, so what will we do? I know lets build another road! Roll on the Outer Dublin Orbital Ultimate Ring-road, or ODOUR for short!
Port tunnel will add to M50 chaos, warns toll roads chief
THE â‚¬750m Dublin port tunnel, which will take 9,000 trucks out of the city centre, will force 7,000 extra trucks on to the already chaotic M50 motorway, adding to the commuter nightmare. The grim prediction was made yesterday by National Toll Roads (NTR), which operates the controversial Westlink toll bridge on the motorway.
In a special briefing for the Irish Independent, the company offered to finance and build a new tolled outer orbital route around the M50 and an eastern bypass, effectively completing a circle of motorway around the capital. Although the toll booths are coming down when the upgrade of the M50 is completed and tolling switches to an automated system, Kyran Hurley, NTR's deputy managing director, blamed the gridlocked junctions along the M50 for the traffic chaos, and said the toll booths were not responsible.
He pointed out that it was Government policy to extend the tolls on the M50 for another 15 years after 2020 to pay for the planned upgrade involving extra lanes, and freeflow junctions.
The NTR boss called for the upgrade to happen quickly but warned that even with increased capacity the road would be unable to meet demand and there would be congestion.
Labour leader Pat Rabbitte yesterday urged the Government to negotiate the lifting of tolls at peak hours on the M50 during construction work.
It was no longer just an issue for traffic on the M50, but also for commuters from Meath and Kildare who needed to cross the M50, he said.
"But consider what will happen to traffic from every direction when the roadworks start to upgrade the motorway to three lanes. What is now an unmanageable commute will become an unbearable one," he said.
"The toll plaza is aggravating the congestion on the M50 and it will worsen for the duration of the renovation works," he said, urging the Government to sacrifice some of the â‚¬15m it earned from the tolls every year to ease gridlock.
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