Variable speed limits won’t be fully installed on M50 until 2020 despite 2014 promise – Lahart

–       M50 congestion is not improving and requires urgent remedial measures to support commuters –

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart TD has said the installation of the variable speed limit regime must be accelerated to alleviate the deteriorating traffic situation on the M50.

The Dublin South-West TD has previously highlighted the issues related to the worsening traffic congestion on the Capital’s main orbital route, the M50, in Dáil Éireann.

Information received by the Deputy this week from Transport Infrastructure Ireland indicates that Variable Speed Limits, Variable Messaging Signs and Lane Control Signalling will not be introduced on the M50 until 2020 despite a previous commitment in 2014.

Lahart said, „Variable Message Signs are proven to be the most versatile and effective way to alert motorists to traffic information for a range of situations and conditions on the route.

„This kind of motorway signage as the potential to calm traffic at peak times and/or during adverse weather, therefore it reduce thelikelihood of an accident occuring. As we know all too well, accidents on the M50 can cause massive tailbacks. Last year alone there were over 1,700 accidents, or incidents on the route.

„When the M50 route underwent upgrade works a number of years ago the works provided for the installation of the gantries needed to erect the Variable Messaging Signs yet no progress has been made since.

„It is difficult to understand why it’s taking so long to make moves to introduce this regime. I understand that there are legislative provisions that must be accommodated but really it appears that a lack of political will is slowing this down.

„Hundreds of thousands of motorists rely on this route day in day out. The major traffic congestion is affecting these people’s lives and imposing massive stress on them. This Government and the relevant agencies need to work together to alleviate the pressure on this main route in and out of the Capital,” he concluded.

Fianna Fáil
John Lahart TD
Spokesperson for Dublin

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