Sunday 25 September 2016

Monday morning traffic chaos as M50 motorists warned of two-hour plus delays

Catherine Devine

Published 29/08/2016 | 10:33

A damaged van after crashing into the back of a Dublin Bus on the Walkinstown road, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
A damaged van after crashing into the back of a Dublin Bus on the Walkinstown road, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
A damaged van is taken away after crashing into the back of a Dublin Bus on the Walkinstown road, Dublin
The Walkinstown road was been closed after a van crashed into the back of a Dublin Bus
A damaged van after crashing into the back of a Dublin Bus on the Walkinstown road, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
A damaged van after crashing into the back of a Dublin Bus on the Walkinstown road, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
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Drivers were met with two hour-long tailbacks on one of the country's busiest roads this morning.

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Motorists were warned to expect 'extremely long' delays on the southbound road on the M50.

The delays came as thousands of students began their school-run for the new year.

There was a crash on the southbound carraige at 6:50am that blocked all lanes until 7:30am. The crash caused a backlog on all routes, especially on the N7 Naas Rd and the N4 Lucan Rd inbounds.

The M50 Ballinteer route usually takes 30 minutes to pass
The M50 Ballinteer route usually takes 30 minutes to pass

There was also a breakdown on the M50 southbound blocking one lane at J13 Balinteer at 8:25am and this added to the already very heavy traffic on the M50, AA Roadwatch told Independent.ie.

“At its worst, there were delays of two hours from J2 Dublin Airport on the M1 right through to J10 Ballymount on the M50 southbound,” said AA Roadwatch.

“It is improving at this stage though with just a slowdown between J4 Ballymun and J5 Finglas.”

Meanwhile, Gardai were forced to close a busy Dublin road this morning when a van crashed into the back of a double-decker bus at a bus stop.

The incident happened on Walkinstown Road at around 10am.

The Opel Vivaro van was travelling towards the Walkinstown Roundabout when it hit the Dublin Bus at a bus stop outside the SuperValu shopping centre.

The van ended up blocking the roadway and Gardai had to close the road to traffic until it could be towed away.

The driver's airbag deployed in the van and there were no reports of injuries in the incident.

The passenger side of the van bore the brunt of the impact and there was minor damage to the bus.

The road closure caused some traffic build-up in the area, adding to a morning of heavy traffic for Dublin commuters.

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