Dublin Mid-West based Fianna Fáil TD John Curran has said that traffic congestion in the capital is reaching crisis point and urgent measures must be introduced to alleviate the problem for road users.

Speaking in Dáil Eireann on the issue earlier today, Deputy Curran said, “Based on the future demand protections featured in the South Dublin County Council Development Plan, it was predicted in 2014 that the annual average of daily traffic on the M50 between N4 and N7 would reach 143,000 by 2023. In fact, it has already hit this average by last year.

“There is no future transport strategy in place for how to deal with the expected 401,400 population growth in the GDA by 2030, accounting for 65% of national population growth. Major roads including the M50, N7 and N4 are already under significant pressure and gridlock causes commuter chaos on a daily basis.

“Their decision not to proceed with the opening of Kishogue train station, or the development of the Metro West project and grinding a halt to the expansion of Luas services to Lucan, are testimonies to the lack of planning and lack of vision for Dublin’s transport held by Fine Gael,” explained Deputy Curran.

“This Government must increase capacity and usability of public transport, to better manage traffic congestion during peak periods and to reduce the private car share dependence by commuting traffic especially. The mid-term review of the Capital Investment Plan must include measures to reflect this growing problem.

“I urge the Minister to liaise with the National Transport Authority to pro-actively consider the growing demand on our road system. Demand managing measures such as developing an outer orbital route west of the M50 to join the N4 and N7 should be one of the measures examined.

“I am conscious that without a long-term plan, the substantial investment made in our major road network will be put at risk and will be no longer fit for purpose,” he concluded.