Motorists will have to pay to use a new stretch of road linking Dublin to Mullingar.
With the official opening of the tolled M4/M6 motorway, is possible for motorists to travel on continuous motorway and dual carriage way from Dublin to Kinnegad on the M6 and from there to Mullingar on the M4. It is officially the longest single stretch of motorway in Ireland.
However motorists are concerned over the cost of motorway tolls which are the most expensive in the country.
It's a bit much, I think they could half the money.
The tolls issue is dispelled by Minister for Transport Martin Cullen who insists they provide great value for money.
There are also complaints by drivers that their M50 Easy Passes are not compatible at the tolls. Chief Executive Officer of Ferrovial Construction Antonio de Santiago confirms this problem will be resolved in early 2006.
At the official opening ceremony An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is asked to help family who lost their land from a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) along the motorway route.
The new bypass will save time for commuters but it could also see the end of traditional stops like Mother Hubbard’s trucker restaurant in Moyvalley, County Kildare. Owner of Mother Hubbard's Brendan Glynn is unsure of how much the loss of passing trade will affect his business,
It will be the end of January, maybe February, when we'll have an idea of where we’re going.
Sligo motorists will feel the effect on the new road infrastructure almost instantly, but for Galway bound traffic the congestion will continue until the next stage of the motorway to Athlone in County Westmeath is completed in 2007.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 December 2005. The reporter is Ciarán Mullooly.