FEARS have been expressed that motorists in Limerick may be faced with the prospect of having to pay more tolls in the near future as the Government looks at potential ways to raise additional income.
The National Roads Authority this week advertised for consultants to provide â€œassistance, advice and management services in connection with existing and future tolling businesses and operations in Irelandâ€.
It is believed that formal proposals could be submitted by the NRA to Government for consideration later in the year but that any decision to introduce additional tolling locations across the country will be a decision for Government.
In a report published earlier this year, the NRA identified the Croom bypass as one potential location where tolling could be introduced in County Limerick.
It also found that tolling could be introduced on the N18 near Ennis and this week, there was additional speculation that another location on the N7 Limerick to Dublin motorway has also been identified and may be included in the proposals.
At present, the only toll road in Limerick is the â‚¬500m Limerick Tunnel, which opened a year ago.
Cllr Mary Harty, cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, says she is worried by this weekâ€™s reports that tolls may be introduced elsewhere in County Limerick.
â€œIâ€™d be very concerned that any escalation in costs that would make it more difficult for motorists to travel on the roads would certainly be a detriment to our county and I think given the increase in other costs associated with driving any new tolls would be prohibitive.â€