Fuel price protest causes traffic chaos in Dublin
Several breakdowns and delays have been reported.
Traffic has been brought to a standstill in some parts of Dublin on Monday morning, as truck drivers begin their protest against rising fuel prices.
A group called The People of Ireland Against Fuel Prices Protest organised the convoy to travel to O'Connell Street, where they plan on staying for several days.
Drivers arranged to meet at filling stations across the east at 3am on Monday morning, making their way into the capital shortly after.
Before 9am on Monday, the Dublin City Council Traffic & Incident Management Centre had already reported several incidents of breakdowns and traffic congestion causing delays for commuters.
A hauliers protest is expected to take place in Dublin City Centre on Monday 11th April from early morning. Major disruption to traffic is expected. Please use public transport if possible. Tune in to Live Drive 103.2 from 7am for live traffic updates.
— Traffic Management Centre (@DCCTraffic) April 8, 2022
One lorry is confirmed to have broken down on the M1 Southbound towards Dublin Tunnel.
Trucks have blocked both the East Wall Road at the roundabout and Sean Moore Road at the roundabout.
Access to the Tom Clarke Bridge has been blocked in both directions, and commuters are being advised to avoid the Dublin Port area.
The Red Line Luas experienced delays of up to 10 minutes this morning, although the delays now seemed to have eased.
Videos posted by the group show delays, with trucks blocking a bridge in town.
Dublin City FM's "Live Drive" has been broadcasting all morning to provide live updates on traffic around the city for those affected by the delays.
In a statement sent to JOE, an Garda Síochána are warning commuters in the area to plan for potential delays.
"An Garda Síochána is aware of a potential protest in the Dublin Region, Monday 11 April 2022 which may impact on commuter traffic.
"Commuters intending to access or travel through the Dublin Region should plan accordingly.
"An Garda Síochána will have an appropriate and proportionate plan in place to monitor the protest.
"An Garda Síochána will provide update traffic information on our social media channels as and when required."
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