More M50 accidents with 130,000 travelling some routes

Increasing motorists on the M50 is  contributing  to a rise in  daily accidents. The number of drivers on the M50 is now far exceeding Celtic Tiger times, according to a National Transport Authority(NTA) spokesperson. Currently statistics indicate that  an average of 110,00 cars drive everyday on the M50. In some parts, including the Red Cow Roundabout, 130,000 cars travel per day. Speaking to KildareNow, Sean O'Neill of NTA, said: "We are approaching the highest level of traffic ever. During the Celtic Tiger, we did not have the M50, we are dealing with new traffic levels. The more cars on the road, the more accidents." Over the past two years there has been a 10% year on year increase. So far this year road users on the M50 has already escalated by 7%, and it is anticipated that by the end of the year it will see a 10% rise. Meanwhile, a study carried out called M50 Demand Change is suggesting increasing toll charges in a bid to tackle the congestion. Under such a system a car travelling the full length of the M50 would pay €6 to €7 at peak times as opposed to the current €2.60 using a eflow card.

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