Fianna Fáil Dublin Spokesperson, John Lahart TD has said that added congestion caused by the introduction of longer LUAS trams this week, was well predicted and could have been avoided by adopting a traffic management plan for the capital.
The Deputy was commenting following reports of citywide traffic congestion caused largely by the longer length carriages now operating on the LUAS line across O’Connell Bridge.
Deputy Lahart said, “Recent overcrowding has led to many commuters being unable to board trams during peak times and so the introduction of these longer trams should be welcomed, but the real error was rolling them out in the absence of a proper traffic management plan in place.
“There is simply not enough space for LUAS trams, Dublin Bus, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in and around College Green, which is having an adverse impact on the roads in the Capital’s inner city and causing widespread congestion. It is deeply concerning that Dublin City Council’s own Director of Traffic echoes that same sentiment.
“The situation over the past 48 hours was predicted; it was warned that this would occur and yet the Minister for Transport ignored his duty to provide safer conditions for all road and transport users.
“A reasonable resolution must be found to this chronic congestion and must involve adequate input between all stakeholders operating in the city centre. This situation urgently needs to be revised in order to support all road and transport users.
“As I and others have continually stated in recent months, a sustainable public transport service in Dublin is dependent on comprehensive, well considered planning led by the Minister and his Department.”