Upcoming Events

National | Environment

no events match your query!

New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link Donetsk Militias Refuse Second Deploymen... Fri May 27, 2022 08:53 | Anti-Empire

offsite link These Are All the Russian Gains of the P... Fri May 27, 2022 03:12 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Israel Rejects US Request to Approve Arm... Thu May 26, 2022 08:28 | Barak Ravid

offsite link Poland Says Norway’s “Gigantic” Ga... Thu May 26, 2022 00:43 | Daniel Tilles

offsite link China-Bound Children in Ukrainian/Russia... Wed May 25, 2022 23:32 | Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The Eurasian Economic Union Steps Up Sat May 28, 2022 12:46 | amarynth
The Eurasian Economic Forum has shown once again that this high-speed ? economic integration ? train has already left the station. By Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and

offsite link Sitrep Operation Z: We?re going down Sat May 28, 2022 12:24 | amarynth
For the Saker Blog by Saker Staff From Military Summary. He discusses: Russian T62 tanks (old models being brought in and why?) As a result of joint action by People’s

offsite link Gonzalo Lira: Things Are Disintegrating (The Red Tide Is Coming) Sat May 28, 2022 12:23 | amarynth
Things Are Disintegrating What Happens AFTER the Loss of the Donbas

offsite link Russian MoD: Briefing on the results of the analysis of documents related to the military biologica... Sat May 28, 2022 12:18 | amarynth
The Russian Defence Ministry continues to study materials on the implementation of military biological programs of the United States and its NATO allies on the territory of Ukraine. Under the

offsite link Dear Ursula, you are dead wrong Fri May 27, 2022 22:43 | amarynth
by Jorge Vilches for the Saker Blog According to Ursula von der Leyen ? President of the EU Commission ? Europe today keeps buying Russian oil just to ?deny Putin

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Fergus Finlay and the maternity hospital ‘gotcha’ trap

offsite link Irish Examiner and fake news Anthony

offsite link Labour Party: The unvarnished truth Anthony

offsite link Humanity: Zero chance of survival Anthony

offsite link RTE gives balance – accidentally? Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link Ukraine's military nuclear program Thu May 26, 2022 19:03 | en

offsite link Chinese Hypothesis on US Military Biological Experiments Wed May 25, 2022 21:41 | en

offsite link ?House of Russian War Crimes? inaugurated at Davos Tue May 24, 2022 17:19 | en

offsite link US Armed Forces will have to pay with their blood: General Milley Tue May 24, 2022 16:36 | en

offsite link A new war is being prepared for after the defeat in the face of Russia, by Thier... Tue May 24, 2022 10:00 | en

Voltaire Network >>

Tara campaign.. Taxpayer To Pay For M3 Double Toll

category national | environment | news report author Friday December 11, 2009 14:16author by lugh23 - http://www.tarapixie.net/author email lugh23 at gmail dot com Report this post to the editors

Ferrovial made a sweetheart deal with the Government under which the Toll company would be compensated by the Taxpayer if traffic levels did not reach the specific/expected targets.

Ferrovial made a sweetheart deal with the Government under which the Toll company would be compensated by the Taxpayer if traffic levels did not reach the specific/expected targets.

Save Tara campaigners are calling for the resignation of the Minister for Transport, Mr. Noel Dempsey, over the issue of the tolling of the M3 motorway. Campaigners have been drawing attention to the fact that the road was to be tolled twice for years now but the message has fallen on deaf ears until recently when a letter (Meath Chronicle, 18th. July) from the campaign again drew attention to the fact that Ferrovial made a sweetheart deal with the Government under which the Toll company would be compensated by the Taxpayer if traffic levels did not reach the specific/expected targets. (Campaigners have also drawn attention to the fact that the tolling period is 45 years and not 30 as reported widely in the press.)

The traffic figures on the existing N3 are dropping yearly since its peak in May '06 when it reached 19,042, the latest figures available are for March '09 and they have fallen by nearly 3,000 to 16,279. These figures will continue to fall as Meath now records the highest job losses in the country. Unemployment has risen by 116% in a year and the total unemployed in the county now stands at 11,498.

In the coming years there will be less people moving to Meath for housing as the prices in Dublin continue to fall - the rise in the population of Meath was mainly due to Dubliners who could not afford to live in their own county due to high house prices. Given a choice, commuters will chose to live in neighbouring Kildare where there are no tolls and there is a decent alternative public transport system from the commuter towns of Maynooth and Leixlip in particular.

As far as an alternative public transport system for county Meath is concerned, this deal with Ferrovial means that the Government now has a conflict of interest vis a vis the rail option and the M3 motorway. Any proposal for any public transport alternative for Meath commuters will be handicapped by the necessity for the Government to consider the damage such proposals might inflict on traffic volumes on the M3. As an example - the site of the Pace railway station (after the Toll Plaza on the M3) demonstrates this point graphically - you can have the rail alternative but not until you first pay the toll on the M3.

Related Link: http://www.tarapixie.net/

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   For what died the sons of Roisin?     Proinsias    Mon Dec 14, 2009 01:46 
   Navan Rail Line     TaraTaraTara    Tue Dec 15, 2009 08:32 
   No Opposition in the Dail ( as usual )     Michaelangelo    Fri Dec 18, 2009 13:11 


 
© 2001-2022 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy