Carlow section of Motorway, M9, Opens
Minister Noel Dempsey reversed his decision to open the M9 Motorway on 8th Jan 2010 and the Carlow section of Motorway will now be opened on Monday 21st December between 12 midday and 2 pm with varying setups for north and south traffic. The website boards.ie were inundated with posts about the M9 situation with calls made to the media and radio stations such as WLR FM, Kildare FM, Joe Duffy, and Today FM. At lunchtime, the decision was made to go ahead and open the new stretch of Motorway on the date set out in Tuesday Irish Times. At one point there was a “People Power” movement that was going to go to the motorway at 2 pm and manually move the bollards – i.e. the people would open the Motorway if the NRA did not. Thankfully sense was seen through and all is well again in the world! This should really cut down driving times to Waterford and Kilkenny from Dublin as well as get rid of the usual delays at Castledermot (or Hassledermot) as it was called this week. At Last; Goodbye N9 at Castledermot – Hello M9.
The Carlow section of Motorway bypasses many bottlenecks and will certainly improve journey times from Dublin to Waterford.