M50 accidents could be cleared much quicker with specially-built vehicle

By Aura McMenamin

Clearing accidents on the M50 could become a lot quicker - with gardai planning to introduce an accident clearing vehicle whic would be stationed at the M50 services station.

According to the Garda Commissioner’s office, the motoroway’s north and south networks could see a specially-built vehicle that would respond more quickly to fatal or serious accidents.

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The Commissioner's office was responding to a query from South Dublin County Council about the serious traffic delays resulting from collisions.

According to Inspector Sean O’Reardon, the vehicle - belonging to the forensic collision investigation unit (FCUI)- would be housed in a custom-built garage located at the M50 services station.

Reardon added: “Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) Traffic Unit deploy a marked jeep to the M50 during periods of high traffic in order to ensure the quickest response times to any possible incidents.

“Every effort is made to address incidents on the M50 as expeditiously as possible.”

The council also called on Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to educate the public on M50 signage.

They said: “The council calls on TII to put in place a region-wide public information campaign to explain the new M50 diversion route signage; and further calls on the Commissioner of An Garda Síochana to provide additional resources to the Regional Traffic Unit to aide local Gardaí in managing both accident sites on the M50 and the implementation of diversions routes."

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