Pope Francis arrives in Dublin on Saturday morning bringing with him security measures, public transport diversions and loads and loads of TRAFFIC CHAOS, people.
Sorry, went a bit mad they're but can you blame us? It seems like if you aren't interested in seeing the Pope this weekend then authorities just want you to sit in your gaff and stay out of the way.
Of course, being the weekend, people still have plenty of places they need to be and the M50 plays a big part in helping people get around Dublin, not least when it comes to heading to the airport.
If you are concerned about being stuck in traffic and being late for a flight then Dublin Airport has this morning moved to allay your fears.
In an update, the public has been assured that 'the M50 and Dublin Tunnel will be fully open on Saturday and Sunday.' The statement goes on to add that 'only the inbound (Dublin City bound) lanes at J6 Blanchardstown, J7 Lucan and J9 Red Cow will be closed to all vehicles apart from buses on Sunday. All other junctions will be fully open'
There will be road closures & traffic restrictions in Dublin this weekend (Aug 25 & 26) due to the Pope’s visit. Passengers advised to plan their journey to/from @DublinAirport accordingly. M50 & Port Tunnel will be open. Details here https://t.co/2nOe58re6k #PopeinIreland pic.twitter.com/iWEF1Ptngd
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) August 23, 2018
The full update can be read here. AA Roadwatch, meanwhile, has stated that 'Navan Road, Chapelizod Bypass and Naas Road will all be closed inbound after the M50 on Sunday 6am-11pm (except buses)'
No restrictions on the M50 or M1 this weekend, so access to the airport will be unaffected.
Navan Rd, Chapelizod Bypass and Naas Rd will all be closed inbound after the M50 on Sunday 6am-11pm (except buses).
Leave extra time for any journey.#PopeInIreland
— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) August 23, 2018
According to Dublin Airport, 'extra volumes are expected on the M50, so travellers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys'
A more detailed look at transport to the airport this weekend can be found here.
(header pic: @DublinAirport)