Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Jack Chambers
Dublin West

19 February 2016

Dublin’s public transport services must be improved if city is to compete internationally for business – Chambers

Fianna Fáil Dublin West candidate Cllr Jack Chambers has warned that Dublin’s competitiveness and attractiveness as a business destination will be seriously undermined unless actions are taken to increase capacity and usability of public transport, to better manage traffic during peak periods and to reduce the private car share dependence by commuting traffic especially.

Speaking following the launch of Fianna Fáil’s transport policy document A Better Deal For Commuters, Cllr Chambers added that the Luas strike had highlighted how vulnerable the city’s transport system was.

“The population in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) is expected to grow by 22% to 1.8m by 2030 and by 26% to 700,000 in Mid-East Region alone including Kildare, Meath and Wicklow. Increasing investment in Bus Services as well as vital rail services including the DART Underground and Dart expansion are absolutely essential for our ever-growing region.

“Fianna Fáil has a number of innovative policy proposals to reduce traffic congestion on our motorways, particularly the major arterial routes linking urban centres with commuter towns, such as the M50, M1, M6, East Link and Port Tunnel. Managing traffic demand is a cost-effective alternative to increasing capacity on our roads and can be implemented in a short duration of time, unlike large infrastructure developments.

“Our proposals also include rewards for off-peak commutes and freight deliveries, enhanced information systems, greater investment in public transport including reduced fares, improved reliability and increasing integration.”