Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Transport Robert Troy says commuters will face significant disruption from next month due to the ongoing dispute between Celtic Roads Group and eFlow.
If left unresolved the dispute will lead to the removal of barrier free tolling on the M1 near Drogheda, the M7 / M8 south of Portlaoise and the N25 at Waterford.
Deputy Troy said, “This dispute has been ongoing for weeks now and it seems no end is in sight. eFlow have stated that they will not be renewing their contract with Celtic Roads Group which is due to expire at the end of August. If unresolved this dispute will lead to the removal of barrier free tolling for eFlow customers.
“Earlier this week I met with representatives from Celtic Roads Group. They informed me that eFlow have ceased communication with them and there are no negotiations in progress. This is alarming as the expiry date for the current contract is fast approaching.
“CRG have made it clear that they will be forced to close the express laneways on each of the motorways if the dispute remains unresolved. This will lead to significant disruption for tens of thousands of commuters and other road users.
“Minister for Transport Shane Ross must intervene in this dispute. Transport Infrastructure Ireland has overall responsibility for eFlow and therefore should instruct management at the company to re-enter negotiations with CRG. If a deal cannot be struck following this then an independent mediator should be appointed,” concluded Deputy Troy.