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Crowe calls for lifting of toll barriers to ease congestion when port tunnel opens

18 December, 2006

Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Seán Crowe TD this morning led a party delegation to meet with the City Manager John Tierney over concerns about the impact for the M50 when the port tunnel is opened on Wednesday. The delegation included Dublin Councillor Larry O'Toole and Dublin Mid-West representative Joanne Spain.

Speaking after the meeting Deputy Crowe said, "While we welcome the opening of the Port Tunnel on Wednesday there are huge concerns about the impact this will have on the M50. The opening of the tunnel along with the banning of trucks in the city centre and the road-works on the M50 will undoubtedly cause traffic chaos on the M50.

"The Council officials seem to be playing down the serious concerns that are out there. They told us this morning that they expects no more than an extra 100 trucks to hit the tolls at peak hour and that there are adequate measures in place to deal with this extra traffic on the M50. These include extra Gardaí and CCTV. And, if all else fails the Gardaí have the power to lift the cordon on trucks entering the city.

"While we welcome these extra measures we feel that they provide nothing more than the ability to monitor the chaos when it happens. Sinn Féin is calling for the lifting of the toll barriers, fast-tracking of the road-works and extra investment in public transport.

"Dublin City Council officials seem to have adopted an optimistic approach to the concerns that we have raised with them. I hope they are right but in the meantime we need to keep the situation under review with a view to introducing adjustments to feeder traffic coming from the Port Tunnel onto the M50.

"I will be raising this issue with the Transport Minister Martin Cullen and I am meeting with the South Dublin County Manager on Wednesday." ENDS

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