Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has said that urgent measures must be introduced to alleviate the significant delays that Dublin Bus users are currently experiencing when travelling from Malahide and Swords.

The Deputy was commenting in light of new figures published this week by the National Transport Authority (NTA) which indicate that commuters travelling from Malahide and Swords are grossly affected by delays.

The Deputy explained, “Traffic gridlock remains one of the biggest challenges facing Dublin city and county. The situation has been left to intensify for some time, and commuting through traffic congestion has become a challenging daily routine for many living in the Fingal commuter belt.

“It is disappointing to learn that of the 136 routes that Dublin Bus serves across the city, the Malahide corridor is the worst affected by lengthy delays. It currently takes over 50% longer to travel from both Swords and Malahide at peak times, compared with off-peak.

“These figures are testimonies to how little investment has been allocated to improve the standard and performance of our Capital’s public bus structure.

“Measures such as widened bus corridors with segregated cycle lanes must be considered in order to significantly improve the efficiency of our city’s public bus system,” he added.

“In recent years we have seen the downgrading and cancellation of major crucial transport projects in Fingal, including Metro North. The North County is in desperate need of investment in our transport network to increase capacity and usability of public transport.

“This Government must devise a solution that is aimed at relieving the existing strain on bus users, particularly those that travel from the North County. It is an absolute priority that Government deals with the challenges of a growing and working population that rely on a public bus system,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.