As part of a new €50 million programme that will implement intelligent transport systems technology for motorways, variable speed limits will be introduced to the M50.
The motorway’s speed limits will be displayed on digital gantries, allowing operators to control speeds on certain parts of the motorway and even close lanes if there are traffic jams or if emergency service access is required.
In order to run the service, an additional €30 million will be needed.
The scheme, Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s (TII) enhancing Motorway Operation Services (eMOS), will be rolled out on a phased basis.
The first digital gantries are expected to be installed between Junction 4 Ballymun and Junction 6 Castleknock in the coming weeks.
The system is expected to be fully developed by the year 2023.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan stated that the system will enhance safety for road users, emergency responders and road workers.
The eMOS system will bring 19 new gantries to the M50 along with 386 lane control signals, 64 variable message signs, 45 CCTV cameras and 54 slip road signs on entry points.
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