'Any incident on motorway and it takes hours to get back to normal'
A father-and-son-run transport company has said the problems on the M50 are adding additional costs to their business, which is slowing down potential growth.
Gerry and David McArdle, who run DG McArdle International Transport with bases in both Dundalk and Blanchardstown, said that the traffic levels on the M50 and the costs associated with that were worse now than they were during the Celtic Tiger.
"Anyone can see the problem, it's just unreal now in the mornings and the evenings," Gerry told the Irish Independent.
DG McArdle employs 95 people and transports freight around Ireland and Europe. The businessmen said that there is a need for a ring road to tackle the congestion on the country's busiest motorway.
"We need an outer ring road," he said. "If you have 20 lorries sitting on the M50, when you add it all up it's an expensive day.
"If there is an incident at all, that's it, it takes hours to get back to normal, which is all extra money. The Government needs to look at a solution a lot sooner, like next year."
Traffic congestion makes planning difficult and can result in missing deadlines if an incident shuts down the road.
Mr McArdle said that his company would be able to consider further growth if improvements were made to the M50 and the road network around the greater Dublin area.