30% fewer cars on M50 during pandemic

30% fewer cars on M50 during pandemic

The number of cars using the M50 has dropped by 30% during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last Sunday was the quietest day of the year so far with 60,000 vehicles recorded on the Dublin motorway.

Similar reductions have been recorded on the Jack Lynch Tunnel in Cork, the Killarney bypass in Kerry, and on the M7 near Ballysimon in Limerick.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) expects a further drop when this week's figures are available.

Sean O'Neill from TII says its clear people are playing their part.

"We all have to abide by the requirement to not travel if we do not have to," said Mr O'Neill.

"The logical conclusion here is to get through this emergency and everyone needs to stay at home as required.

"So we will see a significant drop-off in traffic over the coming weeks and again it's all part of our collective effort to accommodate the needs of the entire country.

"We need to make sure that the personnel who need to get to hospitals and who need to do their jobs to save lives can do that."

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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