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Sinn Féin to meet Dublin City Manager to discuss problems facing commuters with opening of Port Tunnel on Wednesday

17 December, 2006

Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson Séan Crowe TD will tomorrow morning lead a party delegation to meet with the Dublin City Manager John Tierney at the Civic Offices on Wood Quay. Deputy Crowe will be accompanied by party representatives Councillor Larry O'Toole from Dublin North East and Joanne Spain from Dublin Mid West. Deputy Crowe will be meeting with South Dublin County Manager on Wednesday.

Deputy Crowe said:

"The new Port Tunnel and extension of the M50 are welcome, but there are huge concerns that the opening of the Port Tunnel on Wednesday will cause traffic chaos on the M50 and the surrounding feeder routes.

"Apart from the queues for the toll booths, the major roadworks on the M50 are already causing huge problems for commuters and the city's businesses. With thousands of vehicles now going to be diverted onto the M50 from the Port Tunnel there are huge concerns that the M50 will come to a complete standstill.

"Tomorrow morning we are meeting with the City Manager to discuss traffic management plans for the coming months. We will be meeting with the South Dublin County Manager on Wednesday. We are also raising this issue with the Minister and are calling for the immediate lifting of the toll barriers on the M50, the fast-tracking of road works and greater investment in public transport."ENDS

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