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Crowe calls for lifting of toll barriers, fast tracking of road works and extra investment in public transport to ease congestion on M50

18 February, 2007


Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Seán Crowe TD speaking in advance of the removal of Heavy Goods Vehicles from the city centre this week called for the immediate lifting of the toll barriers, fast-tracking of the road-works and extra investment in public transport to ease congestion on the M50 and allow people to get to and from work.

Deputy Crowe said "Sinn Féin welcomed the opening of the Port Tunnel and we support the removal of Heavy Goods Vehicles from the city centre but we are concerned at the lack of preparations for such a huge change in traffic flow in the city. There are already serious problems on the M50 with huge tail backs every day due to the road works and delays at the toll booths.  And week in and week out, minor road accidents are delaying motorists on the M50 for hours.  Traffic flow policy clearly isn't working properly.

"When I met with Dublin City Manager and his officials before Christmas to raise this issue they tried to play down the serious concerns that are out there. They told us that they expect 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 it is clear that all they will do is allow the Council to monitor the chaos as it happens. A much more pro-active strategy is required.  Sinn Féin is calling for the lifting of the toll barriers, fast-tracking of the road-works and extra investment in public transport.  Sinn Féin councillors, along the M50 will be monitoring traffic flow tomorrow morning and we will be in touch with Dublin City and South Dublin County Councils.”ENDS

 

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