Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart TD says unless the Government invests in a new transport infrastructure commuters in the Capital will continue to face considerable disruption over the next number of years.

Deputy Lahart made the comments after receiving new information which shows that aggravated congestion in the greater Dublin area is currently costing the economy €350 million per annum and is forecasted to rise to €2 billion per annum by 2033.

He commented, “The situation regarding traffic congestion in the city has been left to intensify for some time, and commuting through gridlock traffic has become a challenging daily routine for many living in Dublin and surrounding areas.

“Multiple collisions on the Capital’s major motorways and roads, which are leaving traffic at a standstill during rush hour, have now become a common trend and are proving increasingly stressful for daily commuters.

“Traffic congestion is set to exacerbate as more commuters take to the city’s transport network. The government’s failure to progress with key transport projects such as the DART Underground and Metro North are a sad reflection on how little investment has been allocated to improve transport structures in the city. This lack of foresight will only heighten traffic congestion in the weeks and years ahead.

“The thousands of passengers that rely on Dublin Bus services are undoubtedly concerned there still is no plan in place to return routes once the Luas Cross City project is completed. This is likely to cause serious disruption and add significantly to the length of journey time for commuters.

“An increase in public transport options which are independent of the road network are crucial for commuters and will ultimately help alleviate this traffic congestion,” concluded Deputy Lahart.