With up to 24,000 vehicles per day including 7,500 HGVs, the 4.5 km twin tube Dublin Tunnel provides a direct link between the M1 Dublin-Belfast Motorway and the M50 Dublin City Orbital Motorway, taking traffic away from the city centre. Each tunnel is equipped with emergency facilities such as access ways between tunnel tubes, lay-bys, emergency phone network, CCTV, ventilation, average speed detection/enforcement and other services. The contract includes toll collection, traffic and safety management, routine maintenance, including winter maintenance and equipment maintenance.
The contract also includes the operation of the one of Europe’s largest Motorway Traffic Control Centre, based in at the Dublin Tunnel facilities, which provides 24/7 monitoring of the TII’s network; as well as the operation and maintenance of the Jack Lynch Tunnel in Cork. This 0.6km immersed twin tube tunnel under the River Lee is to the east of Cork City Centre and forms part of the N40 Cork Southern Ring Road.
This decision by TII further reinforces Egis’ leading position in the Irish road and tunnel operation and maintenance market, operating 460km of Irelands Strategic Road Network as part of the Motorway Maintenance and Renewal Contract (MMaRC); SouthLink, MidLink and NorthLink PPP Operations, Maintenance and tolling contracts; Limerick Tunnel Operations and Maintenance contract; GoSafe mobile safety cameras network on behalf of the Department of Justice/Gardai and the electronic toll collection and parking services through Easytrip Services Ireland.
Egis Projects Ireland/UK Chief Executive, Steve Preece, said "we are extremely pleased to have been awarded this extension as its endorsees the reputation we have established with the TII for delivering a customer-driven, high performing operation and maintenance service".
The TII’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Nolan, stated "We have been very satisfied with the quality and performance of Egis’ operation and maintenance of the Dublin and Jack Lynch tunnels. Our strong trust-based, collaborative relationship is evident at all levels and has enabled us to award the extension with confidence".
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