Toll plan for bypass

CASH-STRAPPED drivers in Dundalk might be hit with more toll charges, under new proposals from the National Roads Authority (NRA).

CASH-STRAPPED drivers in Dundalk might be hit with more toll charges, under new proposals from the National Roads Authority (NRA).

The NRA is hiring consultants to examine the potential on eight new recommended toll locations including he Dundalk bypass.

The Ennis bypass on the N18 and the Tuam bypass on the N17 may also be hit. While the Arklow bypass on the N11 and the Carlow bypass on the N9 are also being looked at.

Tolls are also being planned on the N20 Cork Limerick road at Croom and Mallow, as well as the Jack Lynch Tunnel in Cork.

Under the proposals all drivers using Dublin’s M50 will be required to pay a charge, no matter how short the journey.

The NRA has now hired in consultants to examine the plan before it is presented to Government for further consideration.

Given its revenue generating potential, the proposal is likely to be given the go ahead by the Government. The move comes as the Government attempts to make up for revenue lost as motorists pay less road tax by switching to more environmentally-friendly cars.