M50 Freeflow Tolling|
In January 2006, the Government announced its intention to remove the existing barrier toll arrangements by 2008 and that a free-flow toll system would be provided on the M50.
In moving to a barrier free electronic tolling arrangement, the approach adopted has been to promote the payment of the tolls by means of electronic vehicle tags, which is considered the most efficient and accurate payment mechanism with tolls being paid automatically from the account established with the tag. Where vehicle owners have not availed of the electronic tag option, vehicle ownership will be established from the information gathered and the process for the recovery of the toll will commence.
In June 2007 The Elmore Group was awarded the contract for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the tolling structures on the M50 including all mechanical and electrical works. This contract involved the design, manufacture and installation of four steel gantry structures spanning the north and southbound motorways with tolling equipment mounted to the approved specifications. The electrical and mechanical works included the provision of suitable power and communication services complete with the appropriate back–up and emergency requirements and installation of all equipment such as; lasers, beacons, cameras, etc. This included the design, installation and fit out of the roadside cabinet.
The provision of all Health & Safety requirements together with an approved Traffic Management Plan was an integral part of the contract and ensured all works were completed without incident. The overall project was delivered on time and to specification while at no time disrupting traffic on the M50.