Tuesday 23 May 2017

Multiple crashes on M50 leads to further delays for commuters during heavy rush hour traffic

Motorists on the M50 often experience delays due to the dramatic rise in motorway traffic over the past three years
Motorists on the M50 often experience delays due to the dramatic rise in motorway traffic over the past three years
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

M50 commuters faced morning delays on the overcrowded motorway once again today.

A collision southbound at Junction 7 Lucan blocked the left lane adding further pressure to the already heavy traffic.

This crash was soon cleared but motorists were warned that congestion was still very heavy on the route.

Meanwhile, a separate crash occurred on the M50 southbound at Junction 6 Blanchardstown in the middle lane.


An investigation by the Irish Independent has revealed that almost 159,000 vehicles are now using Dublin's M50 on a daily basis - up 6,300 on the same period of last year.

Rush hour traffic now lasts a full eight hours each day, with the morning peak 7am to 10am, and evening peak 3pm to 7pm.

Commuters are being forced to leave for work an hour earlier because there are so many cars, trucks and buses using the road.

New data from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) shows that every month there are 120 'incidents' including breakdowns. Of these, 50 are collisions.

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