[Exclusive] Are cameras in Cork’s Jack Lynch Tunnel precursor to tolling?

17th December 2013
By Bryan T. Smyth

There are renewed concerns that a toll might be introduced on the Jack Lynch Tunnel

Contained within the 89 pages of the the Cork City Council budget book for 2014 is
a paragraph saying that 6 million euro was spent this year on “Automatic Number plate recognition cameras”, along with an upgraded voice communication system.

ANPR cameras are already used on Dublin’s M50 West Link Bridge for “barrier free tolling”.

In Cork, it’s understood the cameras were installed around March or April.

The technology could also be used – in theory – to issue speeding fines.

However, the National Roads Authority have consistently said tolls are a matter of Government policy.

Given that a local and European election will take place next May, any move to introduce a toll, if on the cards, would have to be delayed until the Summer at the earliest.

Cork Chamber, Business Association, and a majority of City and County Councillors have previously indicated they are against tolls on the tunnel.

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