Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien has called on the Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe to immediately publish the long-awaited public transport plans for north Dublin.
The North Dublin Senator said it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Government is set to break its promise on public transport plans in the north county. The plans were due to be published in June but have been subject to a series of delays.
“I am struggling to understand why these plans are continually delayed. If indeed it is the case that the Government is committed to following through on plans to transform the public transport network in the region, why weren’t the details published three months ago as promised?” said Senator O’Brien.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that the Government intends to back track on promises on Metro North and the Dart underground. If they think that a bendy bus option is a replacement, they are sorely mistaken. This would be a purely temporary measure and cannot be seen as a replacement for a proper train network. I also have concerns about extending the Luas to the airport, given that it is significantly slower than the Dart or train.
“It is unfair of the Government to leave north Dubliners in the dark about this. The longer the delays go on, the clearer it is becoming that the firm promises made to people in this region in relation to public transport will be broken.”