Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Catherine Ardagh
Dublin South-Central

18 February 2016

Dublin’s traffic problems need to be urgently addressed – Ardagh

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin South-Central Cllr Catherine Ardagh is calling for more imaginative and innovative schemes to be urgently introduced to help address Dublin’s traffic and transport problems.

Speaking following the launch of the party’s transport policy document A Better Deal For Commuters, Cllr Ardagh welcomed proposals such as the introduction of Flexitime Work and a number of traffic demand measures to ease traffic flow.

“We would encourage employers to offer Flexitime to their staff in order to enable them to commute during off-peak hours. Employers offering workers flexitime in starting/finishing work at off-peak travel times would be given a PRSI reduction.

“We will also introduce a number of other Traffic Demand Measures to reduce congestion during peak hours in the City. These include the following:

  1. Better Regulation of Freight Deliveries to off-peak hours and regulate truck size in core city centre and some congested suburbs.
  2. Smarter Planning: Any construction/road works or resurfacing will have to take into account effects on traffic volumes etc. and as a rule should be done at off-peak times and summer periods.
  3. Enhanced Information Systems: Traffic accidents are costly not only for the direct damage they cause but also for the congestion they produce. There is a need to enhance information signalling of accidents to motorists to prevent traffic escalation. We will introduce a national accident signalling service.”

    Cllr Ardagh pointed out that with the population in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) 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 the ever-growing greater Dublin region.