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'No tolls': Jack Lynch Tunnel to be outsourced, but it WILL remain free to use

The National Roads Authority is to outsource its running to the same company that operates the tolled Port Tunnel in Dublin.

Image: Seighean via Wikimedia Commons

TRANSPORT MINISTER PASCHAL Donohoe has moved to allay fears that a toll could be introduced for use of Cork’s Jack Lynch Tunnel.

It comes after it emerged the National Roads Authority is to outsource the running of the landmark tunnel to the same company that runs the Port Tunnel in Dublin, ERTO .

The move prompted unease among some councillors in the area, and there have been calls for the Minister to make a full statement on plans for the structure.

Speaking yesterday, Donohoe said the had no plans “to change the tolling regime that is in place across our toll roads or across our transport infrastructure”.

He said the outsourcing took place in a bid to secure the best possible value for the taxpayer.

“I played no part in that,” he added, stressing that it was a matter solely for Cork City Council.

“But I’m also clear on my tolling policy — that while our roads are as they are, I believe the level of tolling that is in place is appropriate and I’ve no plans to change it further.”

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