Delays on M50 after cables cut on toll tag readers

M50 cables.jpg
M50 cables.jpg

The overhead cables on the M50 Northbound toll bridge were cut yesterday evening, forcing the motorway to be shut down for a time and reportedly causing over €100,000 worth of damage.

A man cut a number of wires on the bridge at around 9.30pm, shutting down the tag-readers and allowing motorists to pass through “toll free.”

A video was posted on social media of the wires being cut.

The M50 was closed for a time as Garda negotiators communicated with the man.

After a short period of time he left the gantry and was arrested by Gardaí, who took him to Blanchardstown Garda Station and detained him under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

A source told that the damage done would cause a “huge loss of revenue”, currently estimated to be over €100,000.

The toll company e-flow could not be contacted for comment.

A man is due to appear in court later today in connection with the incident.