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Encyclopedia > M50 motorway (Ireland)
M50 motorway
Length 24 miles
40 km
Direction North-South (C-ring)
Start M1 motorway near Dublin Airport
Primary destinations Ballymun, Finglas, Blanchardstown, Palmerstown, Tallaght, Dundrum
End Bray
Construction dates 1990 (J6-J11), - 2005
Motorways joined 3 -
M1 motorway
17 -
M11 motorway.

The M50 motorway is a motorway and National Primary Route in the Republic of Ireland running in a C-shaped ring around the northern, western and southern sides of the capital city, Dublin. One end of the route is located north-east of the city, with a connection to the M1 motorway (running north to Belfast). It crosses the dual West-Link toll bridges over the River Liffey west of Dublin, and loops around south east of the capital to meet the M11 route (running south to Wexford) at Bray, County Wicklow. Image File history File links UK_motorway_M50. ... The Boyne River Bridge, one of the main engineering features of the M1 motorway, crosses the River Boyne west of Drogheda in County Meath. ... Dublin International Airport (IATA: DUB, ICAO: EIDW) is Irelands main airport. ... The colour scheme used to denote a primary route. ... Ballymun is an area on Dublins Northside close to Dublin Airport currently best known for the Ballymun flats, a development of 7 apartment towers and many smaller step-up blocks (i. ... Finglas is a residential suburb on the North side of Dublin City in the Republic of Ireland. ... Blanchardstown (Baile Bhlainséir in Irish) is a suburb of Dublin City, Ireland. ... Palmerstown (Irish: Baile Phámar) is an area of Dublin, Ireland located to the west of the city. ... Tallaght (Tamhlacht in Irish) is a large suburban area in the administrative county of South Dublin, Ireland situated to the south west of Dublin city. ... Dundrum (Dún Droma in Irish) is a suburb in south Dublin, Republic of Ireland, now essentially part of greater Dublin city. ... Bray seafront Bray (Bré, formerly Brí Chulainn in Irish) is a town in north County Wicklow, Ireland. ... This article is about the year. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links UK_motorway_M1. ... The Boyne River Bridge, one of the main engineering features of the M1 motorway, crosses the River Boyne west of Drogheda in County Meath. ... Image File history File links UK_motorway_M11. ... The N11 is a major road in Ireland, running along the east side of Ireland from Dublin to Wexford. ... Motorway mark in Europe A motorway (in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and some other Commonwealth nations) is both a type of road and a classification. ... A typical Irish road sign in Mullingar, County Westmeath Ireland, both north and south of the border, has an extensive network of roads. ... Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Ireland, located near the midpoint of Irelands east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin Region. ... The Boyne River Bridge, one of the main engineering features of the M1 in Ireland, crosses the River Boyne west of Drogheda. ... The West-Link is a toll bridge on the M50 motorway to the west of Dublin, Ireland. ... Boardwalks of River Liffey and OConnell Bridge, in Dublin City. ... The N11 is a major road in Ireland, running along the east side of Ireland from Dublin to Wexford. ... Bray seafront Bray (Bré, formerly Brí Chulainn in Irish) is a town in north County Wicklow, Ireland. ... County Wicklow (Contae Chill Mhantáin in Irish) is a county on the east coast of Ireland, immediately south of Dublin. ...


The M50 was first proposed by the Dublin Transportation Study of 1971. The completed M50 motorway opened on 30 June 2005. The Carrickmines interchange will not open until October however, as it is still under construction. Work is due to commence later in the year on upgrading the earlier sections of motorway, with the current grade-separated signal-controlled roundabout interchanges to be replaced with free-flowing "spaghetti junctions", and part of the road to be widened to three lanes in each direction. June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 184 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Layout

The M50 was originally planned to divert traffic travelling through on National Primary Routes away from the city (a full bypass of Dublin). Due to the slow pace of development, and the urban sprawl of Dublin, it now also serves as an arterial route for Dublin city itself, connecting the various outlying suburbs.


Each of the National Primary Routes leaving Dublin have junctions with the M50. As of 2005 these are in the form of grade-separated signal-controlled roundabout junctions, not free-flowing intersections. The other primary routes served are the N2 to Derry, N3 to Navan/Cavan/Northwest, N4/M4 to Galway/Sligo, N7/M7 to Cork/Limerick/Waterford, and the N11/M11 to Rosslare. Additional junctions along the motorway serve other suburbs of Dublin such as Ballymun, Tallaght, Dundrum and Sandyford. 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A roundabout, rotary, or gyratory circus is a type of road junction (or traffic calming device) at which traffic streams circularly around a central island after first yielding to the circulating traffic. ... In the field of road transport, a road junction is a place where two or more roads either meet or cross. ... The N2 road is a National Primary Route in the Republic of Ireland, connecting Dublin with Derry, passing through the eastern part of Ireland. ... Derry or Londonderry (in Irish, Doire or Doire Cholm Chille), often called the Maiden City, is a city in Northern Ireland. ... The N3 road is a National Primary Route in the Republic of Ireland, running from Dublin to Cavan Town and the border area of Ireland. ... Navan (An Uaimh in Irish, meaning The Cave) is the administrative town of County Meath, Ireland. ... Cavan (An Cabhán in Irish, meaning the hollow) is the main town and administrative centre of County Cavan in the Republic of Ireland. ... The N4 road is a National primary route in the Republic of Ireland, running from Dublin to the northwest of Ireland and Sligo Town. ... Galway (official Irish name: Gaillimh) is the only city in the province of Connacht in Ireland and capital of County Galway. ... Sligo (Sligeach in Irish) is the county town of County Sligo in the Republic of Ireland. ... The N7 road is a National Primary Route in the Republic of Ireland, connecting Dublin to Limerick. ... Cork (Corcaigh in Irish) is the second city of the Republic of Ireland. ... Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) is a city and the county seat of County Limerick in the province of Munster, in the midwest of the Republic of Ireland. ... Waterford (Irish: Port Lairge) is, historically, the capital of County Waterford in Ireland, though today the city is administered separately from the county, the latter having its seat in Dungarvan. ... The N11 is a major road in Ireland, running along the east side of Ireland from Dublin to Wexford. ... The name Rosslare may mean: the village of Rosslare Strand in County Wexford, Ireland the village of Rosslare Harbour in County Wexford, Ireland the Rosslare Europort at Rosslare Harbour This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Ballymun is an area on Dublins Northside close to Dublin Airport currently best known for the Ballymun flats, a development of 7 apartment towers and many smaller step-up blocks (i. ... Tallaght (Tamhlacht in Irish) is a large suburban area in the administrative county of South Dublin, Ireland situated to the south west of Dublin city. ... Dundrum (Dún Droma in Irish) is a suburb in south Dublin, Republic of Ireland, now essentially part of greater Dublin city. ... Sandyford (Irish: Áth an Ghainimh), Dublin, Ireland, formerly a village, is now part of the conurbation of Greater Dublin, in the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. ...


Most of these interchanges are subject to notorious levels of traffic congestion, as are the toll plazas at the West-Link bridge. The busier roundabout junctions are signal-controlled, with tailbacks extending for several kilometers at rush hour. The most infamous is the Red Cow roundabout junction with the N7, also known as the "Mad Cow Roundabout". As well as being the junction of two of the busiest roads in the State, the Luas tram line from Tallaght runs level across two slip roads, continuing city-bound in the median of the N7. Traffic lights will sometimes differ where there are several lanes of traffic. ... Rush hour at Tokyo Station, Yamanote Line A rush hour is a part of the day with busy traffic and hence traffic congestion on the roads and crowded public transport; normally the two periods in a day when people are travelling to or from work or school. ... The red cow roundabout is the junction where the N7 crosses the M50. ... Luas (Irish for speed), also promoted in the development stage as the Dublin Light Rail System, currently encompasses two unconnected on-street light rail lines in Dublin, Ireland. ... In the field of road transport, a road junction is a place where two or more roads either meet or cross. ...


The roundabout at the N3 is also notable as the Royal Canal and the Dublin-Sligo railway line pass through its centre. Picture of the Royal Canal near Mullingar taken in October 2004 The Royal Canal is a canal originally built for freight transportation from the River Liffey at Dublin to the River Shannon in the Republic of Ireland. ...


Future plans

The M50 is a two-lane each way motorway, though auxiliary/weaving lanes are provided at several junctions. Plans are in progress under the National Development Plan to upgrade several of the roundabout junctions, including the Red Cow, to free-flowing grade-separated interchanges. The upgrade project also includes widening the surrounding motorway to six lanes from the M1 to Sandyford with the extra driving lanes replacing the existing wide grass-covered median. The upgrade programme has been planned to include at least three stages – the upgrade of the section between the N4 road and N7 road (along with replacing the interchanges with near-freeflow layouts), followed by upgrading the northern and then southern motorway sections. The word lane has two meanings: A narrow road, usually lacking a shoulder or a median. ... The National Development Plan was created to develop Irelands infrastructure to help invest the rewards from the economic success of the Celtic Tiger National Development Plan (NDP) is the title given by the Irish Government to a scheme of organised large-scale expenditure on (mainly) national infrastructure. ... The second proper album of Beth Orton, Central Reservation helped Orton build on the success of her debut Trailer Park. ... The N4 road is a National primary route in the Republic of Ireland, running from Dublin to the northwest of Ireland and Sligo Town. ... The N7 road is a National Primary Route in the Republic of Ireland, connecting Dublin to Limerick. ...


Completion of Dublin's ring road by construction of an Eastern Bypass of the city has been proposed. This plan is highly controversial, as it would require a tunnel across Sandymount Strand to or possibly through Booterstown Marsh bird sanctuary. A motorway reservation from Sandyford to Booterstown has been included in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Development Plan, with space allowed for an interchange where it crosses the N11. The Dublin Port Tunnel, already under construction and due to open in 2005, would form the northern half of the Eastern bypass. Sandymount (Dumhach Thrá in Irish) is a seaside village in the district of Dublin 4 in Ireland. ... Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown1 (Irish: Dún Laoghaire–Ráth an Dúin) is an administrative county in the Republic of Ireland forming part of the traditional county of Dublin. ... Dublin Port Tunnel Construction, 2004 The Dublin Port Tunnel (Tollán Calafoirt Bhaile Átha Cliath in Irish) is a landlocked road traffic tunnel in Dublin, Ireland (still under construction as of 2005). ...


Route

The road begins as the N32 at the Malahide Road in Dublin. It becomes the M50 at Junction 3, which is also Junction 3 on the M1. The N32 road is a short National Primary Route in the Republic of Ireland running from Junction 3 on the M1 and M50 motorways, near Dublin Airport, to the Malahide road at Clarehall. ... The Boyne River Bridge, one of the main engineering features of the M1 in Ireland, crosses the River Boyne west of Drogheda. ...

There is no Junction 8, the junction number having being reserved for a potential extension of the M7 motorway between Lucan and Clondalkin. This is now unlikely to be built. The Boyne River Bridge, one of the main engineering features of the M1 in Ireland, crosses the River Boyne west of Drogheda. ... Ballymun is an area on Dublins Northside close to Dublin Airport currently best known for the Ballymun flats, a development of 7 apartment towers and many smaller step-up blocks (i. ... The N2 road is a National Primary Route in the Republic of Ireland, connecting Dublin with Derry, passing through the eastern part of Ireland. ... Finglas is a residential suburb on the North side of Dublin City in the Republic of Ireland. ... The N3 road is a National Primary Route in the Republic of Ireland, running from Dublin to Cavan Town and the border area of Ireland. ... Castleknock (Caisleán Cnucha in Irish meaning Cnuchas Castle) is a village with some affluent residential suburbs at the edge of County Fingal and located 8 km west of the centre of Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. ... Blanchardstown (Baile Bhlainséir in Irish) is a suburb of Dublin City, Ireland. ... The West-Link is a toll bridge on the M50 motorway to the west of Dublin, Ireland. ... The N4 road is a National primary route in the Republic of Ireland, running from Dublin to the northwest of Ireland and Sligo Town. ... Palmerstown (Irish: Baile Phámar) is an area of Dublin, Ireland located to the west of the city. ... The N7 road is a National Primary Route in the Republic of Ireland, connecting Dublin to Limerick. ... Clondalkin (Cluain Dolcáin meaning Dolcans meadow in Irish) is a town/suburb and parish 10km west of Dublin City in the Republic of Ireland, situated in South County Dublin. ... The N81 road is a National Secondary route in the Republic of Ireland, connecting Dublin with Tullow, County Carlow. ... Tallaght (Tamhlacht in Irish) is a large suburban area in the administrative county of South Dublin, Ireland situated to the south west of Dublin city. ... Rathfarnham (Irish: Rath Fearnain, meaning Fearnains Ringfort), is a residential suburb on Dublins Southside. ... Dundrum (Dún Droma in Irish) is a suburb in south Dublin, Republic of Ireland, now essentially part of greater Dublin city. ... Sandyford (Irish: Áth an Ghainimh), Dublin, Ireland, formerly a village, is now part of the conurbation of Greater Dublin, in the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. ... Leopardstown is a town in Dublin 18. ... The N11 is a major road in Ireland, running along the east side of Ireland from Dublin to Wexford. ... Bray seafront Bray (Bré, formerly Brí Chulainn in Irish) is a town in north County Wicklow, Ireland. ... Shankill is a suburb at the southern boundary of County Dublin, Ireland. ...


External links

  • M50 Route Map (from NRA)
  • Environmental Impact Statement on M50 Upgrade Scheme
National Primary Routes of the Republic of Ireland
N1(M1) - N2 - N3(M3) - N4(M4) - N5 - N6(M6) - N7(M7) - N8(M8) - N9(M9) - N10 - N11(M11) - N12 - N13 - N14 - N15 - N16 - N17 - N18 - N19 - N20 - N21 - N22 - N23 - N24 - N25 - N26 - N27 - N28 - N29 - N30 - N31 - N32 - N33 - M50
See also
National Development Plan   -   Roads in Ireland   -   National Roads Authority

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M50 motorway (Ireland) at AllExperts (1003 words)
The M50 motorway is a motorway and National Primary Route (N50) in the Republic of Ireland running in a C-shaped ring around the northern, western and southern sides of the capital city, Dublin.
The M50 is the busiest road on the island of Ireland.
The M50 motorway consists of two-lane dual carriageway, though auxiliary/weaving lanes are provided at several junctions.
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