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Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Headlines | 11 comments

Irish Roads Authority Switching Dublin to Galway Route to Right-Hand-Drive


One of sixteen new crossover lanes currently under construction on Ireland’s first right-hand-drive roadway.

 

In an effort to promote Ireland as a self-drive tourist destination, the Irish Roads Authority has announced that the M6 linking Dublin and Galway will be switched from a left-hand-drive motorway to a right-hand-drive highway in early June.

The 200 km route serves as a major gateway for those traveling to the country’s west coast, and officials expect the change to encourage more visitors from North America and mainland Europe to make the journey.

“Tourists are afraid of driving on the wrong side of the road,” said Niall Gibbons, chief executive for Tourism Ireland. “This change will make it easier and safer for them to travel across the country.”

More than 1,200 roadsigns will be replaced and sixteen crossover lanes will be installed to complete the adjustment. Fergus Moone of the Irish Roads Authority said, “With these changes, you can expect the M6 to rank among the world’s most popular driving routes.”

Ring of Kerry Next

Plans are already underway for a similar lanes shift in County Kerry in Ireland’s Southwest. To mark the right-hand-drive switch, officials intend to change the name of the “Ring of Kerry” to “Kerry’s Emerald Loop.”

“We’ll have reprint a lot of brochures, but we think the new, modern name will attract new visitors, especially those named Kerry, Kerri, and Carrie.”

The M6 changeover is the largest new roads project in Ireland since severe budget cuts halted plans to build a state-of-the-art suspension bridge to connect Ireland with Scotland.

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11 Comments

  1. Won’t a switch of only some routes make it just that much more confusing? Both for natives and for tourists?

    Seems odd. But I ride the buses and trains a lot when I’m in Ireland.

    CapallGlas

  2. Happy April Fool’s Day!

  3. Thanking the heavens this is an April Fools joke. I could only imagine the accidents this would cause… but I put an idea like this past no government idocy.

  4. So is this an April fools joke or not?

  5. Had me there for a moment. Seemed like the sort of thing someone who thought they had come up with a “cunning plan” might push through.

    You only have to look at the case of Matthew Broderick killing two people in Enniskillen while driving on the wrong side of the road in the eighties, to see what a nightmare this would be if it were to be made a reality.

  6. I can confirm that is true. They will also be putting in a “Travellers Only” lane for people driving Toyota HiAce vans, because essentially, the travellers do so much more travelling than the rest of the population. There will also be several Dole Office Rest Areas along the way, where unemployed citizens can pick up their welfare check and get a free cup of tea. They will also offer free babysitting for single-mothers in Tallaght.

    • You’re an idiot.

    • Corey what is your source?

      • Be sure to check the date of this post.

  7. it’s July and no changes
    ??????? it was a joke, Corey?

    • Be sure to check the date and read the comments on such a post.

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