High-frequency radio row for Port Tunnel
Published 27/03/2016 | 02:30
The Port Tunnel operator and a trio of Dublin radio stations are refusing to budge in a row over the airwaves of the underground route.
The latest development sees the two sides clashing over a report that says the tunnel could do more to keep drivers safe.
Only Dublin's seven most popular radio stations are 're-broadcast' in the tunnel.
Radio Nova, Classic Hits 4FM and Sunshine 106.8 want to be included and are threatening the operator, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), with legal action.
A report commissioned by Nova found that adding more stations would improve the tunnel's emergency communication system, which can override the stations it re-broadcasts in order to warn drivers of problems.
TII dismissed the findings.
"The upgrading or replacement of systems, such as the radio re-broadcast system, are undertaken having regard to the greatest priorities for road user safety, rather than the commercial interests of individual radio stations" a spokesperson said, adding that multiple methods were used to communicate to drivers in emergencies.
With no agreed resolution in sight, the matter may end up before the High Court.
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