Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart TD has said that despite the fact that the Luas Cross City will transform public transport in our Capital, the significant changes to traffic will likely cause chaos for motorists, unless they are more widely advertised.
The confirmed changes which will be permanent include new bus priority traffic signals on Bachelors Walk and additional bus lanes and general traffic reduced to one lane on the South Quays.
Commenting ahead of the changes Deputy Lahart has said, “The Luas Cross City will ultimately benefit all transport users and particularly those that rely on it for a daily commute.
“According to Dublin City Council’s Environment and Transportation Department, almost 9,500 passengers travel by bus on the North and South Quays between 8-9am in comparison to the 762 that travel by car. There is no disputing the fact that buses are a crucial part of tackling Dublin’s traffic problems and that changes must be put in place to better support the thousands more commuters that use buses, particularly during rush hour periods”, said Deputy Lahart.
“I am concerned however, that the council appear severely unprepared to manage the chaos that is likely to ensue  for private motorists over the coming days, weeks and months.
“As we fast approach the GAA All-Ireland finals, back-to-school and people returning to regular work schedules, alternative routes for motorists must be widely promoted and advised.
“It is disappointing that an awareness and information campaign has not been rolled across broadcast and print media in the lead up to Sunday to effectively inform those travelling into Dublin city of the substantial changes to traffic arrangements. There is also a need for adequate road signage to be put in place ASAP to avoid any accident or confusion over the new changes.
“It is an absolute priority that our city responds to the challenges of a growing and working population so that it remains a great destination for living, visiting and for doing business,” concluded Deputy Lahart.