Written Answers. - Dublin Traffic Congestion.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

36 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for the Environment if his attention has been drawn to the fact that traffic congestion is estimated to cost Dublin city £100 million annually; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I am aware of a recent report which put forward a £100 million estimate of congestion in Dublin. The basis for this is tenuous but I do accept, of course, that congestion does impose additional costs.

Last February, I announced the undertaking of the Dublin Transportation Initiative, the purpose of which is to develop an ongoing and integrated transportation planning process for the Greater Dublin Area and to produce a long term transportation strategy and a medium-term investment/implementation programme. The initiative will also be concerned to ensure, through better traffic management and enforcement, that the optimum use is made of the existing road infrastructure.