Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart TD has warned that there are serious deficiencies with Dublin’s commuter capacity and serious measures must be put in place to improve our transport infrastructure.

A joint report recently conducted by Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority (NTA) indicates a 10% increase in the number of cyclists commuting in the past year. While the National Transport Authority that the number of people commuting into the city centre has risen by 9% in the past 5 years and are almost back at peak levels.

“Over the course of the past number of years, huge progress has been made to encourage people to leave their cars at home, and to walk, cycle or take public transport to commute to work. This is a healthy, efficient and environmentally friendly way of travelling which must continue to be supported,” explained the Deputy.

“The number of commuters cycling has more than doubled over the last decade, but investment in infrastructure remains chronically inadequate. Just last week hundreds of cyclists gathered to protest at underfunding for cycling in Ireland.

“Dublin Bikes 1,500 bicycles were used 4.4m times in 2016, about four times as much as the 11,500 London Bikes were used last year, showing a clear appetite for the scheme’s expansion into the greater Dublin area.

“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.

“Fianna Fáil supports the extension of cycle lanes and the expansion of the Dublin Bikes scheme into the suburbs of Dublin and the other Dublin local authority areas; Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

“This government has no future transport strategy for how to deal with the expected 401,400 population growth in the GDA by 2030, accounting for 65% of national population growth.

“Their decision to cancel Dart Underground, commuter rail expansion, the original Metro North project and grinding a halt to the development of a 29km Dublin walking and cycling route, are testimonies to the lack of planning and lack of vision for Dublin’s transport held by Fine Gael,” explained Deputy Lahart.