Thursday, 7 February 2019

Questions (222)

John Lahart


222. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the meetings he has had with TII to discuss demand management measures on the M50. [5995/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I attended a meeting with Departmental officials and TII on 14 May 2018 where the issue of M50 management measures was discussed. Prior to that date and since then, there has been regular and frequent contact between my officials and TII to progress this plan.

As a result, legislative arrangements are under way within my Department to provide TII with the powers to manage and regulate variable speed limits on the M50. This new system will improve operational efficiency of the motorway by

- smoothing traffic flow,

- improving journey time reliability and

- Reducing the number of secondary traffic collisions.

- Implementation of an integrated and coordinated response to traffic conditions by TII and emergency responders.

- Improved dissemination of information to road users.

To progress this important measure, TII is extending the motorway traffic control centre at Dublin Tunnel to cater for the additional workload from the introduction of VSL and is currently procuring the management systems and hardware which will be erected on existing gantries.