Road Tolling in a Republic of Equals - Part 3

If there was no road toll outside Drogheda, there would be a lot less traffic in Drogheda. Many people drive through all of or part of the town to avoid paying a toll.

Traffic Congestion

If there was no road toll outside Drogheda, there would be a lot less traffic in Drogheda.  Many people drive through all of or part of the town to avoid paying a toll.  When we rid ourselves of tolls Drogheda will be a less congested town.  The town centre and those who live and work in it would benefit greatly.  Naturally, Dundalk does not suffer the inconvenience of pass through traffic.  Neither do Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Newbridge or Naas.  The needs of the largest town in Ireland are simply ignored.  

With the potential closure of Saint Laurence’s Gate the need to de-congest Drogheda has never been greater.

Town Planning

Drogheda is sprawling southwards in reaction to the road toll.  More particularly, it is spreading southwards along the ‘free’ Dublin road as far as south gate.  If the motorway was ‘toll free’, in all likelihood developers would build new housing stock on the west side of Drogheda – closer to the M1.

Alas our burgeoning city is strangled by a road toll. Thus our local planning masters in Navan and Dundalk are asked to permission new housing developments that allow buyers to easily avoid the toll. It is harder for a developer to build and sell a house right beside a road toll.  The potential buyer would prefer a house that avoids a road toll.

The maths is simple. Over the lifetime of a mortgage (25 years) a toll slave will pay €25,000 of after tax earnings on tolls. This goes a long way to explaining the price difference in the picture above.

If you were a builder, would you try to build and sell housing beside the Donore Road toll booth?  The houses compared above are both 3 bed end of terrace houses - 130 Knockbrack Downs and 24 Park Square, Grange Rath, (www.daft.ie).

The location of housing nationally is becoming distorted by road toll positions. Planning our towns and cities around the random location of toll plazas is madness. 

I have a plan to get rid of road tolls. I need you the reader to help me. Too many in our community are quick to complain and reluctant to act. Don’t be one of them.

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Article Author
John Kierans

John Kierans is from Drogheda and lives with his wife and four children in Termonfeckin. John is a self employed stockbroker based in Drogheda. His company started in 1998 in the trading pits of the New York Board of Trade (NYBOT) in Dublin and New York. John is a former national Decathlon champion and holds 2 national masters records set in Britain and Austria in 2003.