Business Irish

Friday 27 April 2018

High-frequency radio row for Port Tunnel

TXFM will close down before October this year
TXFM will close down before October this year
Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

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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