Transport Infrastructure Ireland calls for multi-point tolling on M50 to prevent 'intolerable' delays

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The M50 could soon see the introduction of multi-point tolling and variable speed limits to prevent a worsening of delays on the notoriously busy motorway.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland warned the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport that "intolerable congestion" would become common on the unless actions were taken.

Speaking before the Committee, TII's Chief Executive Michael Nolan said more measures were needed to alleviate ongoing traffic problems on the M50, RTE reports.

Mr Nolan said M50 traffic has grown by 30% since 2012, and revealed that the introduction of variable speed limits would be in place by next year when the law is changed to allow them.

According to estimates, the motorway now carries an average of 145,000 vehicles a day - around three times what was originally intended when it was opened in 1990.

Crazy traffic on the M50

A number of solutions have been proposed to deal with daily congestion on the motorway in recent years, including an outer ring road.

However, Mr Nolan told the Committee that he believed multiple toll points were the answer, saying: "Without demand management in the form of multi-point tolling, M50 customers will continue to pay in terms of lost time and productivity."

But Fianna Fail TD John Lahart warned the introduction of the measure would be "catastrophic", and said there was no public or political appetite for it.

Green Party leader Eamonn Ryan instead suggested the construction of 'super highways' for cyclists to reduce motorway congestion, but added that the budget for bike infrastructure was being reduced.

Deputy Ryan also said that TII was planning to widen approach roads on a number of motorways around the capital, but said it was a "mathematical certainty" that there would still be gridlock.

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