Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate and Dublin City Councillor for Ballymun, Paul McAuliffe is calling for residents in Dublin North West to get behind his campaign to extend the Luas Cross City via Finglas to the Metro North at Ballymun.
A number of weeks ago Cllr McAuliffe launched a website to kick start his campaign – D11LUAS.com where those interested can sign up to an online petition.
Commenting on the need to extend the Luas to support Dublin North West residents, he said, “With the recent opening of the new Luas line to Broombridge, many locals living in our area have been asking; why stop there?
“The proposal to develop the Luas in D11 was initially identified for implementation in the North Dublin Transport Study yet it has been on put on the back burner by this Government since.
“More and more people are moving to our area to commute to work and college which is putting enormous pressure on our road capacity and bus services.
“Despite the huge growth in demand for public transport by commuters across North Dublin, there was just an 8% increase in the latest budget for transport services. That leaves little scope to progress with vital public transport projects such as Luas D11.
“The fact remains that Ireland remains one of the lowest net spenders on transport infrastructure in the EU.
“As part of the future development of light rail service in the City, I believe that extending the Luas through the Dublin 11 area to link with the Metro North at the M50, would provide a long term solution to the growing congestion problems.
“I am really hopeful that many of those I have met locally over recent months, and who have been enthusiastic about this project will get behind this campaign and come along to our first campaign meeting on Thursday 18th January at 7pm in the Community Hub, No.6 Drogheda Mall, Finglas.
He concluded, “The meeting later this week will outline the merits of extending the Luas from Broombridge via Finglas to the Metro North Route at Ballymun and map out how we will expand this campaign.”