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€750m Dublin Port Tunnel opened

20 December 2006 11:25
The Dublin Port Tunnel was officially opened by Bertie Ahern and Dublin’s Lord Mayor Vincent Jackson. The first truck went through the tunnel shortly after 10.50am.

The tunnel, which is 4.5km long, has taken over five years to build. It is designed to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles using the streets of central Dublin.

The tunnel will allow a toll-free journey for trucks and buses between the port and the MI motorway at the Coolock interchange, in less than eight minutes.

It is estimated that, initially, some 6,000 such vehicles will use the tunnel every day.

Although the project is behind schedule and over budget, the National Roads Authority and Dublin City Council are hoping that the tunnel improves the traffic situation in the city centre in the coming weeks.

The Irish Road Haulage Association claims that congestion on the M50 motorway will increase as a result.
The tunnel will not be open to cars until the New Year.

It will be interesting to see the impacts on the City Quays of this much needed investment and just how much scope there is to further humanise this stretch of river.

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