Large reduction in traffic on M50 according to latest figures – Lahart 

Published on: 12 May 2020

Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart TD, has noted the reduction in the number of cars using the M50 during the coronavirus pandemic in comparasion to the same period last year.

According to the latest figures provided to Deputy Lahart, there has been a sharp reduction in the number of cars on the M50 this year in comparison to 2019 figures.

Deputy Lahart said: “On average the daily volumes of traffic for the period 13-31 March 2019 saw 147,391 cars using the M50. For the same period this year there was only 81,455 cars on the M50 representing a 45% reduction.

“April saw a 72% reduction with the figure in 2019 of 151,487 reducing to 42,709 this year. We have seen a significant drop-off in traffic over the past two months and this has been a direct result of the collective effort to stay at home during the COVID-19 restrictions.

“More and more people are now working at home and not travelling on the M50 and what would normally be a daily commute for many. When the restrictions begin to be eased, we need to look at ways where this traffic could be reduced each week and one way would be allowing for flexibility when it comes to working from home.

“The current restrictions mean that people should not to make any journeys except to travel for essential work, attend medical appointments, and to shop for essential food and to provide vital care for family members. There has been a great effort by the whole country to stay at home during this pandemic and we must keep these efforts up this week,” concluded Deputy Lahart.

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