Nash slams ‘end­less’ M1 toll

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

SEN­A­TOR Ged Nash has hit out at the Min­is­ter for Trans­port and Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land for re­fus­ing to rule out the end­ing of the toll charge at the Donore Road, even when the con­tract with Celtic Roads Group ex­pires in 2034.

Through a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion, Sen­a­tor Nash asked Trans­port Min­is­ter Shane Ross to put on the record the cost of ‘ buy­ing out’ the toll con­tract if a pol­icy de­ci­sion were to be made in this re­gard.

He says no an­swer was pro­vided to this ques­tion.

“The re­ply I re­ceived leaves me fear­ful that the State will con­tinue to im­pose an un­fair toll at the Donore ramps in a way that would con­tinue to se­ri­ously in­con­ve­nience the peo­ple of the area, us­ing the toll as a cash cow for rev­enue gen­er­a­tion for the roads au­thor­ity at the per­ma­nent ex­pense of the peo­ple of Drogheda,” he said. “A clear state­ment needs to be made by the gov­ern­ment that the toll will end when the con­tract runs out. “

In a let­ter to TD Jan O’Sul­li­van, Gary Lynch from Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land said the toll was placed at the Donore ramps to mit­i­gate ‘rat-run­ning’ which would greatly in­crease traf­fic in Drogheda and Ju­lianstown. How­ever, the lo­cal Labour Sen­a­tor says that in 2004, the Fianna Fáil gov­ern­ment ‘sad­dled the peo­ple of Drogheda with the toll’. “That is a 30-year con­tract that the State has shown no in­ten­tion of break­ing and the state agency would not con­firm what it plans to do post-2034 when the Fianna Fáil-signed con­tract ends. “

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