Fianna Fáil Dublin Spokesperson, John Lahart TD has called on Dublin Bus to ensure that it supplement its services serving Marlay Park for the duration of this weekend’s Longitude Festival.

Commenting ahead of event, the Dublin South West TD said, “There are an estimated 35,000 festival goers expected to attend Marlay Park this weekend. To avoid delays and late arrival – planning ahead is crucial.

“At last year’s festival concert goers had great difficulty getting home. In the interest of public safety, and particularity the safety of young people it is important that there is a public transport plan.

“In previous years MCD Productions has provided a private bus service to bring people to and from the venue. The problem is that there is no increase in the frequency of buses serving the suburbs or other parts of Dublin once they arrive at O’Connell Street.

“There can be a certain degree of anti-social behaviour on public transport during festivals and that Dublin Bus drivers can be forced to deal with boisterous carry-on but there are very many well intended people in need of a bus home or into the city centre.

“Anyone familiar with using Dublin Bus is aware that services finish up at 11:30pm. It’s therefore crucially important that Dublin Bus increase their capacity and access to services such as the 16c, which many revellers will be relying on to get to town on time to make their subsequent bus home.

“Dublin Bus needs to be conscious in advance of the demand on their services across the city next weekend and I hope they will plan ahead to manage the expectation to get people home.

“No one, least of all the drivers and management of Dublin Bus, wish to see anyone stranded,” he concluded.