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Old January 2nd, 2014, 03:11 PM   #1281
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traffic fatalities & motorways

A correlation has been suggested between the traffic fatality rate and motorway coverage. Countries that built a lot of motorways in a short period of time also saw a higher than average reduction in traffic fatalities. Spain is a primary example, but I think Ireland shows a similar development.

Figure 1: motorway development


Figure 2: traffic fatalities


Figure 3: traffic fatalities per 1 million inhabitants


Because Ireland saw substantial population growth from the late 1990s, it is interesting to see the fatality rate as a proportion of the population, as shown in figure 3. The reduction is then even more pronounced.

The year 2005 was a turning point, in that many new motorways opened to traffic outside the Dublin area (M1/M50), replacing many two-lane roads with much safer motorways. You can clearly see the accelerated reduction in traffic fatalities coinciding with new motorway mileage in Ireland.
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 04:17 PM   #1282
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More detailed stats (per route) bear that out Chris. The Motorways were largely built along single digit N road corridors, eg N1 became M1 etc up to N9 - M9 ( the other main one is the N11/M11) .

These 'per road' stats are here

http://www.rsa.ie/en/RSA/Road-Safety...on-Statistics/

Note that the 2011 Report linked below attributes a cost of €2.6m to each fatal collision and €0.35m to each serious injury, even in a less afluent country than Ireland a fatality would cost the state that educated and trained that person €1m so each road that incurs 10 'excess' fatalities a year owing to road type and alignment costs €10m a year if nothing is done about it, over a 10 year period that adds up fast.

Comparing 2005 ( pre Motorway ) and 2011 ( post Motorway) the analysis of Fatal Crashes on the N1 - N9 inclusive is:

2005 55 Fatal Collisions and 374 Deaths Nationally
2011 14 Fatal Collisions and 186 Deaths Nationally ( page 61)

Traffic deaths rose in 2013 for the first time in many years. The increased incidence of single vehicle late night accidents with only the driver in the car,, since 2011, and in rural areas with high unemployment, tends to point to an increase in 'Suicide By Car' incidents overall. Over half of all fatal car accidents were single vehicle collisions and those occuring between 2 and 4 am went up 33%.

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Old January 11th, 2014, 02:47 AM   #1283
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Crossing the borders [Irish Republic - Northern Ireland (UK)].

The bus driver is wrong. The road he's driving on is the A1 in Northern Ireland until 2.37 when the hard shoulder markings change from solid white line (NI) to broken yellow lines (ROI) and the road becomes the N1.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 03:25 AM   #1284
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The bus driver is wrong. The road he's driving on is the A1 in Northern Ireland until 2.37 when the hard shoulder markings change from solid white line (NI) to broken yellow lines (ROI) and the road becomes the N1.
But that's exactly what he says.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 08:03 PM   #1285
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Looks like the M17/M18 Gort to Tuam motorway contracts will be signed in the next few weeks.

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Old January 22nd, 2014, 03:41 PM   #1286
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But that's exactly what he says.
Maybe my post wasn't clear. Earlier in the video he says the the road (the A1) is in Northern Ireland but the surrounding countryside is in the republic, with the road being a corridor of NI through the republic. That's not true.
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 07:39 PM   #1287
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Maybe the bus driver was not local.....?
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Old January 25th, 2014, 12:45 AM   #1288
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Maybe the bus driver was not local.....?
He sounds like he's from Dublin.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 07:19 PM   #1289
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Way out West

Folks,

I had hoped this to be a trip down the entire length of the M18, but heavy rainfall and poor light meant I had to give up at Ennis. Maybe next time.

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The pictures start just south of Gort and head south towards Ennis. Construction on the northern extension of the M18 is due to start this year, completing a motorway-standard route between Limerick and Galway.

1. Southbound, just south of Gort, this shot shows one of the new route markers which have recently been installed every 500 metres on motorways and major dual carriageways.
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2. Approaching junction 15.
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3. The light was pretty poor, so I had to crank up the ISO to 1250, which means the photos aren't the sharpest.
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4. The junctions on this part of the route are compact grade-separated designs, and this is reflected in the signage on the mainline.
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5. The low-standard junctions have come in for some criticism locally.
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6. Gently rolling hills between junctions 15 and 14.
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7. Approaching junction 14.
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8. Junction 14, Barefield. Just beyond the junction is the most westerly point of the Irish motorway network. New warning signs have been erected here to show the sharp curve at the exit.
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Unfortunately, the heavens opened right after the junction so I wasn't able to get any more shots.

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Old February 1st, 2014, 10:30 PM   #1290
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The N4 near Sligo

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Driving south into a low Irish winter sun is never going to yield the best photographic results, so I hope you'll forgive the low quality of some of these shots! This time we're in the northwest of Ireland, on the short dual carriageway section south of Sligo town.

1. Shortly after leaving the urban section in the town itself, the N4 opens out into this dual carriageway. The high quality dual carriageway sections near Waterford and Sligo have been given special exit numbers, prefixed W and S, respectively.
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IMG_4001 by csd75, on Flickr

2. 203 km to Dublin. Heading south the road is mostly S2 until Mullingar, where it's dual carriageway or motorway for the final 80 km into Dublin.
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3. Not long till the next exit, one of two GSJs on this section of the N4 near Sligo.
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4. Approaching junction S1.
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5. Standard cantilever exit sign for the N59 and the surfing town of Strandhill. The recent weather has led to some pretty big waves up near this area!
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6. RCS after the N59 exit.
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7. Some nice scenery up this way.
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8. Roundabouts on the Collooney bypass.
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9. South of Collooney the road is a narrow and twisty S2 that has claimed many lives. Preparation to upgrade this 15 km section to dual carriageway has recently started.
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That's it!

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Old February 12th, 2014, 01:31 AM   #1291
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Boyne Bridge

Folks,

The Mary McAleese Boyne Bridge is located on the M1 Drogheda Bypass, in the northeast of the Republic of Ireland. Opened in 2003, it was renamed in 2012 to honour the former president of Ireland's contribution to the peace process in Northern Ireland.

The bridge is 352 metres in total length, with a longest span of 170 metres.

1. Here's a shot of the bridge taken from the northwestern side, near the N51.
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2. Immediately north of the bridge, but south of junction 10, this underpass accommodates a minor local road, but only if your vehicle is less than 2.5 metres in height. The Google Earth car wasn't able to make it under here!
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3. A view of the bridge and the M1 taken from the northeastern side of the motorway, near junction 10.
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4. Taken from the Boyne River, looking east at the bridge from the site of the Battle of the Boyne, 1690.
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5. A wider shot from the same location, with Drogheda visible below the bridge span.
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6. Closer to the bridge, a cycle/walkway is under construction beside the local road that runs along the northern bank.
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Hope you enjoy the pics!

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Old February 26th, 2014, 02:04 PM   #1292
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2014 road funding

The NRA has published an overview with national road funding per county for 2014.

http://nra.ie/press-releases/nationa...llocations.pdf

€ 156 million will be spent on national roads in 2014, € 135 million is labeled as "improvement" and € 21 million for maintenance. The highest spending is in Galway, the lowest in Dublin City.
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Old February 27th, 2014, 08:36 PM   #1293
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2,500km Kinsale to Inishowen route to boost tourism

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Last Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 13:23


What was described as the world’s longest way-marked-trail, a 2,500km Irish coastal route called the Wild Atlantic Way, was officially launched by Minister for Tourism Michael Ring this morning.

The route from Kinsale, Co Cork to Inishowen in Co Donegal, is Ireland’s first long-distance touring route.

Fáilte Ireland is to invest €10 million this year in the route to highlight up to 500 visitor attractions, offering more than 1,500 activities, 580 festivals and events throughout the year as well as some 17 trails and 50 looped walks.

In addition the route will pass 53 blue flag beaches, and 120 golf courses including some of the best ‘links’ golf in the world.

Activities along the Wild Atlantic Way are to be grouped into customised offerings to encourage additional tourists to Ireland.

These include:

* ‘Exploring on the Edge’ - showcasing unique landscapes and micro-climates of the west coast, its flora, fauna, caves and mines, incorporating activities such as whale and dolphin watching, exploring unique seascapes by boat as well as local food experiences.

* ‘Culture at the Edge’ - opening up Ireland’s unique language, music and dance cultures, its unique Gaelic sports, traditional crafts, great festivals, island life (‘island hopping’), legends and Folklore.

* ‘Active on the edge’ - promoting the west coast’s great surfing locations, world class links courses, coastal walks, great sea and game angling and horse riding.

A number of ‘brand ambassadors’ have also been appointed to promote activities and events along the way. Anne Ferguson of OceanAddicts in Kinsale, Co Cork, is a brand ambassador for scuba diving holidays.

She hopes the marketing of the Wild Atlantic Way will make a big difference to her business and other companies along the route.

Fiona Monaghan, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way said: “the enthusiasm out there for this project is impressive, not only amongst tourism businesses but also in the wider community. The key to success for this initiative will be its authenticity - not just the places but also the people of the Wild Atlantic Way”.

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27 February 2014

The complete 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way route from Malin Head in Donegal to the Old Head of Kinsale in Cork will be completely signed with the distinctive Wild Atlantic way ‘zig-zag’/chevron branding by the end of next month.

The new tourism initiative is dependent on attractive and consistent branding and Fáilte Ireland is working in partnership with the National Roads Authority and the 10 Local Authorities along the route to ensure all that the necessary signage is in place for the start of this year’s tourism season next month.

By next month, a total of 3,850 signs will have been erected along the 2,500km route.

Despite the recent adverse weather conditions this element of the project is still on target so be sure to keep an eye out for signs of the Wild Atlantic Way in your area.

See more at: http://www.failteireland.ie/News-Fea....m67cZyrL.dpuf

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Contract for Gort to Tuam motorway to be signed this week

Galway Bay FM newsroom - The Department of Transport says the new M17-M18 motorway between Gort and Tuam will open to traffic in 2017.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has confirmed that the contract for the project will be signed this week, with work expected to commence shortly.

Direct Route, the contracting consortium for the new motorway, includes three Irish companies- Roadbridge, John Sisk, and Lagan Construction.

The entire project will cost in the region of 500 million euro, and Minister Cannon says over 1,000 jobs will be created over the construction period.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed that there will be no tolls on the route, which will take up to three years to complete and should open to traffic in 2017.

Minister Cannon says the Public Private Partnership project will make the West an even more attractive location for investment and job creation.

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Contract signing for Gort to Tuam motorway deferred again

Galway Bay fm newsroom - A slight issue has arisen which has delayed the signing of contracts for the long awaited Gort to Tuam motorway project.

Galway East Fine Gael TD Paul Connaughton says he spoke to Minister Leo Vradkar regarding the matter and has been informed that the signing has been deferred until next week at the earliest.

It had been hoped this the signing would take place tomorrow until an issue was identified with the contracts for the multi-million euro project which is estimated to open to traffic in 2017.

Direct Route, the contracting consortium for the new motorway, includes three Irish companies- Roadbridge, John Sisk, and Lagan Construction.

The entire project will cost in the region of 500 million euro.

Deputy Connaughton told Galway Talks it's worrying to see the signing delayed yet again.

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Peak-time pricing and new tolls best way to manage M50 congestion, says report

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Last Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014, 22:51



The M50. Traffic volumes on some parts of the route have increased by 25 per cent since 2010

Multiple-point tolling and new variable peak-time pricing would be the best way to manage congestion on the M50, the four local authorities in the Dublin region have been told. At least four new tolling points in addition to the West Link bridge are proposed.

However, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar last night rejected the recommendations, despite a finding from consultant engineers that congestion on the orbital route will be “commonplace” within 10 years without it.

“I would have a serious problem with the M50 toll being increased at peak times. I do not favour it and I do not think it’s a solution. I also do not think multi-point tolling on the M50 is a good idea,” the Minister told The Irish Times last night.

Under the multi-point, peak-pricing plan, the cost to motorists of using the M50 would rise from €2.10 to €2.60 at present, to €6 or €7 at peak times; €4.50 or €5.50 at inter-peak periods; and €2 to €3 at off-peak times.

Future solution

Mr Varadkar said extra or peak-time tolls would push M50 traffic on to other roads and through local communities. “At present, congestion is not the problem that it was during the boom, but it will re-emerge as an issue as the economy recovers further. At that point we will need a joined-up solution to deal with congestion across the city, and not just on the M50.”

According to Mr Varadkar “any solution must include further improvements in public transport and new cycling facilities, including those set out in the National Transport Authority’s five-year transport plan for greater Dublin which I launched recently”.

According to the report, a multi-point system would be more equal – at present only 39 per cent of users pay a toll – and would address congestion on the full length of the route.

Consultant engineers

The recommendations are contained in the final version of a report into demand management options carried out by consultant engineers Roughan O’Donovan and the AECOM Alliance on behalf of the National Roads Authority.

Carrying out the report was a planning condition of a €1 billion M50 upgrade and its final version strongly favours tolls to help avoid renewed congestion.

A steering group including Dublin city, Fingal, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county councils, An Bord Pleanála and NRA discussed the report yesterday.

While a draft called for extra tolling points, the final version, based on consultations with the local authorities, added a request for staggered tolls depending on the time of day.

It notes traffic volumes on some parts of the route have increased by 25 per cent since 2010 and that congestion has already started. It says by 2023 more than 40 per cent of the route will have congestion at peak times. Along with longer journey times, this increased congestion is already leading to more collisions.

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Ah, the "price the poor off the road" approach.

Better public transport and cycling is nice, but won't help much as M50 is a circumferential road. Public transport's main point is getting people to and from the CBD. It performs poorly at servicing circumferential trips in a competitive manner.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 03:57 PM   #1298
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A correlation has been suggested between the traffic fatality rate and motorway coverage.

Figure 1: motorway development

Contracts have just been signed on another 56km of motorway. The Gort-Tuam PPP (PDF Map) on the west coast.

This will open in 2017, well after another 15km of PPP M11 motorway section on the east coast south of Dublin, and will bring the Irish Motorway Network to just shy of 1000km by 2017 ( not counting Northern Ireland)

2 further PPP projects in the early tender process will bring that to around 1000km by 2019 or so. Both are in the south east. It takes well over a year from initial publication of a tender to final contract and construction commencement in Ireland, 2 years is not unusual.

Thereafter at most 150-200km of Motorway ( or motorway grade road) remains to be constructed in Ireland as traffic volumes do not justify that grade of road on remaining unimproved sections of National Road, of which there are a lot.

Notable among the 150-200km is an 80km Cork - Limerick Motorway and most of the rest is approach/ring roads around the likes of Cork and Galway with perhaps some short sections near Limerick Waterford and Sligo as well although some will be designated as dual carriageway despite being built to a motorway profile.

The remainder of the network will be improved, partially as 2+2 Expressway (100kph no hard shoulder) or most commonly as 1+1 of various types, some with and some without hard shoulders.
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Contracts have just been signed on another 56km of motorway. The Gort-Tuam PPP (PDF Map) on the west coast.
Wow, finally. I started doubting it will ever get build
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I know, the southern half of the scheme was 'supposed' to go to tender around April 2008 with construction starting early 2009. There were 20 parties in the PPP negotiations, including the consortium members and the EIB, and they all had to be dragged along together.

Next up is the New Ross Bypass but I do not expect that to finally get over the line before H2 2015 and if it is delayed to election time 2016 then the N11 Enniscorthy scheme around H1 2017...which is why I said there would be 1000km of motorway by around 2019 ( not before)
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