New M50 lane to ease traffic flow

Traffic congestion will ease for rush-hour motorists today when a new third land opens on the M50 motorway.

The latest upgrade will reduce travelling times in both directions between Junction 10 at Ballymount and Junction 14 at Sandyford.

Fred Barry, of the National Roads Authority, said the M50 remains on schedule for full completion by the end of the year.

“We are pleased with the progress of work along the M50 mainline. There are still upgrade works to be completed at some of the junctions, but this is a major step in the right direction,” he said.

In recent weeks 22km of additional lanes and junctions have been added to the M50 to quicken traffic flow.

Improvements to junction 4 (Ballymun), junction 11 (N81 Tallaght) and junction 12 (Scholarstown/Firhouse) are expected to be complete by the end of the month by the firm M50 Concession.

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey said the latest extension is great news.

“It will help people to get to work quicker, will relieve traffic congestion and will improve business,” he said.

“I am pleased to see further projects being delivered on time and on budget. This will benefit both drivers and consumers.”

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