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Government commits to variable speed limits on Dublin's M50

The government has committed to variable speed limits on Dublin's M50 as part of Budget 2021. It ...
Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

17.22 13 Oct 2020


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Government commits to variable speed limits on Dublin's M50

Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

17.22 13 Oct 2020


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The government has committed to variable speed limits on Dublin's M50 as part of Budget 2021.

It means sections of the motorway could be reduced from the current 100 kilometre per hour limit.

The Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe delivered a €17.7bn budget for 2021 this afternoon, the biggest budget in the history of the State.

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The overall budget allocation to the Department of Transport comes to €3.5bn.

A number of road projects are committed to in the budget with around €1.3bn allocated for national, regional and local roads.

Funds of €799m will be allocated for 2021 for maintenance and renewal programmes on national roads.

Works are also due to take place at Cork's Dunkettle Interchange, as well plans to "enhance motorway operations" on the M50 through variable speed limits.

Funds of €584m have also be allocated for regional and local road works next year.

The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, and Transport Eamon Ryan said Budget 2021 would allow for the development of a sustainable transport system.

He said: "It will ensure that our transport network continues to grow sustainably into the future, providing our citizens with viable and affordable transport alternatives, while also working to meet our climate and environmental objectives.

"We will now be heavily investing in more sustainable transport projects than roads projects.

"This shift in budgetary allocation will rebalance our transport network so we are providing viable travel options for years to come.

"Countrywide, we will continue to invest in our public transport network and progress major infrastructure projects such as BusConnects, Dart+, and Metrolink; as well as renewing our fleet in favour of hybrid and electric vehicles."

He added: "This year’s Budget will also allow us to make significant change in the ways that we travel.

"In 2021 we’ll see €360m allocated across Government to support walking and cycling projects nationwide.

"As part of this I have also secured approximately €50 for Greenways. This is the highest ever allocation dedicated to these types of cycle ways.”

Main image: File photo of traffic on the M50 in Dublin. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images

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