Fianna Fáil Dublin Spokesperson, John Lahart TD has said that this evenings announcement made by Dublin Bus that a number of critical changes will be made to the public transport system in place on College Green, comes as a result of the sustained pressure applied by the party ahead of tonight’s Dáil debate on the matter.

Deputy Lahart said, “The traffic arrangements which have been in place in College Green have been a cause of a great deal of frustration for all road users in the city for quite some time.

“The addition of the new Luas Cross City services in the New Year added to this traffic fiasco. The congestion through the College Green transport hub directly impacts tens of thousands of Dublin Bus passengers each day.

“It is good news that Dublin Bus, The National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council have reached a compromise today and some modest changes will be made to the public transport element of the College Green plans.

“While the revised services are not necessarily the sweeping changes that I and my colleagues continue to advocate for, I am pleased that they will go some way towards alleviating the strain faced by daily commuters in Dublin.

“Regrettably, this decision to finally address the bottleneck in College Green, in part, is yet another reactive response to the relevant authorities’ failure to adequately plan the traffic arrangements.

“A proactive approach is required when anticipating any further challenges faced by road users and in addressing the emerging traffic chaos and congestion in the vicinity of College Green and the surrounding suburbs.

“I will be raising this matter in Dáil Éireann during a special debate later tonight and fully intend on keeping on the pressure,” concluded Deputy Lahart.