West-Link (Irish: Droichead an Nascbhóthair Thiar) is a toll
bridge (actually twin bridges) on the M50 motorway to the west of
Dublin, Ireland, operated by Emovis (trading as eFlow) for Transport
2 Tolling system
4 See also
6 External links
The bridge crosses the
River Liffey at a point known as the Strawberry
Beds. On the motorway it starts at a point approximately 2 km
south of junction 6 (Blanchardstown) and runs to a point almost
immediately north of junction 7 (Palmerstown). It is 385 metres long,
and at its highest elevation it is approximately 42 metres above the
river. Figures from 2005 indicated that the bridge was carrying an
average of 98,000 vehicles per day. The bridge is the only Liffey
Lucan Bridge (both of which are narrow
two-lane structures) and thus it carries a large amount of traffic
passing between the north and south
Further information: eFlow
Since 30 August 2008, tolling has been by means of number plate
recognition via overhead gantries. Since 2013, the toll is €2.10 for
cars on a tag account, €2.60 for cars whose number plates have been
registered with eFlow on a video account, and €3.10 for unregistered
cars. Unregistered vehicles can pay at
Payzone outlets, by calling
eFlow customer service or by paying on the eFlow website. Drivers who
fail to pay receive escalating fines, depending on how long the toll
Prior to 29 August 2008, tolling was usually by cash payment at a toll
plaza to the former operators NTR plc. A prepaid tag system, Eazy
Pass, was also used since the early 2000s but was not barrier-free
unlike the present arrangements.
The tolling remains a single point operation.
The bridge was constructed as part of the first phase of the M50
motorway, and it and the section of motorway associated with it
(junctions 6-7) were the first section of the M50 to open in 1990.
NTR plc (then called National Toll Roads plc) under a deal
Dublin County Council, the bridge was an early example of public
private partnership (although that term was not used at the time) and
was the first section of toll motorway to open in the State. In return
for constructing and maintaining the bridge NTR received the right to
operate it as a toll bridge for thirty years. Originally a single span
structure, a second span was completed and opened in September
2003. In 2007, the National Roads Authority reached a deal with NTR
to buy out the toll bridge effective 1 August 2008. However, for
traffic management purposes, a toll remained, a situation prompting
widespread and ongoing criticism. NTR continued to operate the
bridge until 29 August 2008 when, at midnight eFlow took over. The
toll plaza barriers were at that point replaced by overhead gantry
based electronic tolling.
Roads in Ireland
West-Link Bridge - Design and Engineering". Bridges of Dublin.
Dublin City Council. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
^ "NTR publishes
West-Link figures - RTÉ News". Rte.ie. 25 July 2005.
Retrieved 6 March 2013.
^ a b "M50 Second
West-Link Toll Bridge". National Roads Authority.
Archived from the original on 28 February 2007.
West-Link Bridge - History". Bridges of Dublin.
Council. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
^ "No barrier means no jobs for 120 toll-bridge staff". Irish
Independent. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
eFlow website - barrier free tolling operators on the M50
Dublin over the Liffey (west to east)
Liffey Railway Bridge