Proposal to raise toll on East Link bridge slammed as 'panhandling'

By Dan Grennan

Motorists who use the East Link Bridge could be hit with an increased toll under a report Dublin City Council are considering.

Cars currently must pay a €1.40 toll for using the bridge, which is also known as the Tom Clarke Bridge, while buses and lighter commercial vehicles have to pay €2.10.

Under the report due before the Traffic and Transport Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), the cost will go up to €1.90 for private cars and €2.90 for buses and lighter commercial vehicles.

If the report passes the Transport SPC, it will revert back to the Dublin City Council.

Speaking to Dublin Live, Independent Councillor Mannix Flynn, who is a member of the Transport SPC, slammed the proposal and said the Council was "panhandling" for money off road users.

Mr Flynn previously raised issue with Dublin City Council continuing to charge motorists for using the bridge after it reverted to city council control. The bridge was previously owned by the National Toll Bridge company.

He said: "The very issue of this to me is a bone of contention. The fact that the price is going up? For what? What are they going to do with the money that they can say, 'hey, this is amazing what we've done'.

"At the end of the day, it's really easy for Dublin City Council to just hike up charges willy-nilly and say that this is going towards the maintenance of this that and the other and a brand new hat."

Under the report due before the Traffic and Transport Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), the cost will go up to €1.90 for private cars and €2.90 for buses and lighter commercial vehicles. (Collins Photo Agency)

Mr Flynn has pledged to raise issue with the proposed hike at the Traffic and Transport SPC meeting on Wednesday.

He said: "At the transport and traffic SPC, I will raise the issue as to why Dublin City Council is panhandling basically and strong-arming motorists, car users and truck users in the city centre.

"Dublin City Council have just taken over and it's a nice little earner."

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