Written Answers. - Dublin Traffic Congestion.

Emmet Stagg


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.