Monday 18 November 2019

Over €100m to buy out Donore toll

Removing toll would add more issues to Julianstown traffic concerns

The Donore Road Toll
The Donore Road Toll

Hubert Murphy

It would cost over €100m and rising to get rid of the Donore Road tolls.

Deputy Fergus O'Dowd had contacted the Department of Transport, to see if the tolls could be extinguished.

But they replied that a 2012 study had taken place, which estimated the cost in compensation for the toll operators.

The study found that it would be €6m to €7m for the first year with the amount increasing every year over the course of the lifetime of the PPP contract.

That contract runs until 2034.

The department say there are various reasons for the toll, including 'rat-running' off the M1 to avoid the main toll at Balgeen.

'The removal of the Donore Road toll ramp would also result in traffic on local routes such as the R152 through Duleek and the R132 through Julianstown, increasing by thousands of vehicles per day, affecting the safety, quality of life and commercial viability of those communities.'

They add that the toll on the M1 is designed to 'minimise traffic impacts' on local roads.

Drogheda Independent