M50: designed for traffic sloth…

David McWilliams and an inspired conceit that connects the QWERTY keyboard with the spectacularly poor traffic rates through the toll bridge where Dublin’s M50 crosses the Liffey.

  • Fraggle

    interesting.he neglects to mention that the government get about 80% or so of the toll.

    I’ve been over the bridge a number of times and not had a problem with queing. then again, it could be a problem at rush hour.

    maybe the answer is to insist that the company process the tolling faster.

  • Gerry O’Sullivan

    I purposefully avoid the toll bridge where possible and go through the backroads around Blanchardstown, Castleknock and Clonee. It’s not to save the toll fee, but simply because it’s quicker. I have been in southbound tailbacks stretching back as far as the Ballymun exit.

    This issue will become even more urgent when the Port Tunnel opens, because trucks will then be banned from crossing the city and will be obliged to use the M50.

    I remember shortly after the second bridge opened, a spokesman from National Toll Roads was on radio to explain why the traffic was still at a crawl. He said that it was all to do with the design of the Liffey Valley and Mad Cow junctions!

  • unionist_observer

    “I purposefully avoid the toll bridge where possible and go through the backroads around Blanchardstown, Castleknock and Clonee. It’s not to save the toll fee, but simply because it’s quicker.”

    really? I have found it much quicker to go over the toll bridge and into the city centre that way. I find Castleknock and the Phoenix Park one of the slower ways to get into the city.

  • Young Fogey

    Would the English countenance a toll on theM25?

    No way.

    Er… um… yes way. At the Dartford River Crossing.