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Dáil Éireann - Private Members Business (Fianna Fáil)
Tuesday 20 February 2018

“That Dáil Éireann:


— the increased investment in the Luas;

— the introduction of Luas Cross City;

— the extra carriages to meet demands on the Luas;

— the large number of suburbs, towns and villages in the Dublin region that do not have Luas, Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART), or dedicated public transport corridors;

— the recent National Planning Framework and National Development Plan which contains very long-term measures in public transport infrastructure;

— that Dublin is the fifteenth most congested city in the world;

— the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s analysis of the cost of congestion is now about €350 million per annum in terms of lost productivity and time;

— that, by 2033, this could reach €2 billion; and

— that cyclists, pedestrians, commercial traffic, private motorists and public transport users are all suffering as a consequence of city and suburban congestion;


— the lack of forward planning to allow for the introduction of Luas Cross City;

— the latest traffic chaos in Dublin city centre and surrounding routes as a result of the above;

— the delays on the M50 at peak times, which is impacting negatively on commuters quality of life;

— the backlogs of traffic on College Green and overall traffic in Dublin city centre, in particular the impact of the extra carriages;

— the lack of bus connections and adequate public transport corridors in large suburban areas in Dublin;

— the unnecessary bottlenecks caused on the quays due to lack of proper planning for the Luas extension;

— the negative impact on people’s lives this traffic chaos is causing;

— the delays it is having on buses bringing thousands to work on a daily basis;

— the lack of investment in extra buses to meet public demands;

— the lack of park and ride facilities on DART and Luas lines; and

— the complete lack of investment in park and rides for buses; and

calls for:

— short to medium-term policy changes to get routes into and in Dublin moving again;

— the improvement of all public service routes into and in Dublin to increase usage;

— an increase to the number of feeder buses to the Luas and DART;

— an increase to the number of buses at peak times;

— quality bus corridors and bicycle routes to be increased;

— more buses to be supplied to access Dublin city centre and decrease the use of cars;

— more investment to supply more park and rides earlier on bus routes on the N11, N3, N7 and N4;

— the electrification of the Maynooth and M3 Parkway commuter service line;

— proper demographic planning to deliver efficient and independent public transport infrastructure into and in Dublin city centre;

— immediate investment to increase carpark facilities at train stations;

— the introduction of incentives for utilising park and rides further out on bus and rail routes; and

— the usage of the River Liffey to assist with inner city bottlenecks as is done in other European cities.”

— John Lahart, Bobby Aylward, John Brassil, Declan Breathnach, James Browne, Mary Butler, Thomas Byrne, Jackie Cahill, Dara Calleary, Pat Casey, Shane Cassells, Jack Chambers, Lisa M. Chambers, Niall Collins, Barry Cowen, John Curran, Stephen S. Donnelly, Timmy Dooley, Sean Fleming, Pat the Cope Gallagher, Seán Haughey, Billy Kelleher, James Lawless, Marc MacSharry, Micheál Martin, Charlie McConalogue, Michael McGrath, John McGuinness, Aindrias Moynihan, Michael Moynihan, Eugene Murphy, Margaret Murphy O'Mahony, Darragh O'Brien, Jim O'Callaghan, Éamon Ó Cuív, Willie O'Dea, Kevin O'Keeffe, Fiona O'Loughlin, Frank O'Rourke, Anne Rabbitte, Eamon Scanlon, Brendan Smith, Niamh Smyth, Robert Troy.