Thursday 19 April 2018

More M50 tolls 'won't do a thing' to ease congestion - critics

The M50 toll. Photo: Arthur Carron
The M50 toll. Photo: Arthur Carron

Ian Begley

PROPOSALS to introduce additional toll points on the M50 have been slammed, with critics saying it will not do a thing to ease traffic congestion.

It was recently revealed that transport bosses are putting plans in place for more toll points on the M50.

However, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) insists the measure is only if the Government decides that drastic measures are required to tackle congestion in the future.

Dermott Jewell, spokesman for the Consumers’ Association of Ireland, argues that motorists are paying enough as it is.

“I’m aware that the M50 needs regular upkeep and maintenance, but I think most would argue that motorists are paying huge amounts already,” he said.

“When you consider the contribution they make, whether it be VAT, insurance and an extraordinary level of taxation I believe enough is enough.”

Mr Jewell added that he believes long-term measures need to be considered rather than short-term fixes.

Imelda Munster, Sinn Fein spokesperson for transport, told the Herald that she can’t see any sense to the proposal.

“It’s not going to solve the problems we have with traffic,” she said.

“All you’re going to do is force more traffic into the city, which contradicts the Government’s plan to keep as many motorists out of the city as possible.

“Motorways are often the fastest way for a person to get into work. Why punish them for using them if they’re avoiding the towns because of traffic?”

Fianna Fail transport spokesman Robert Troy also believes there are better ways to reduce congestion on the M50.

“I think the last thing they should consider is asking people to pay more for a service that’s getting worse,” he said.

“One way in which we could reduce traffic flow is to provide incentives to delivery vehicles to operate during peak times.”

Herald

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