Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart TD says his party is pushing for the establishment of a Dublin Transport Authority Advisory Council to enhance governance, democratic input and administration of transport in Dublin.

The Deputy made the comments in advance of the party’s motion which will be debated in the Dáil tomorrow evening.

“Serious traffic congestion is one of the biggest challenges facing Dublin. At present transport trends in Dublin and the wider commuter belt have become unbearable and unsustainable. The gaps in Dublin’s transport capacity have never been in sharper focus,” said Deputy Lahart.

“The population in the Greater Dublin Area is expected to grow by 22% to 1.8m by 2030 and by 26% to 700,000 in the mid-east region including Wicklow, Kildare and Meath. The Greater Dublin Area needs a plan for a better infrastructure to address the very complex transport issues faced by daily commuters in the Capital.

“The Government urgently needs to invest in the capacity and usability of public transport, fund measures aimed at better managing traffic during peak periods, while reducing the private car share dependence by commuting traffic especially.

“In recent years we have seen the downgrading and cancellation of major crucial transport projects such as Dart Underground, the expansion of commuter rail services and Metro North. We need to devise and adopt an ambitious vision for a better transport system in our Capital.

“When established, the members of this advisory council will be committed to finding solutions to each of the critical issues which affect Dublin’s transportation network and place a clear focus on ensuring that it is integrated, efficient and reliable.

“It is an absolute priority that our city deals with the challenges of a growing and working population, and that it remains a great destination for living, visiting and for doing business.

“Now is the time to develop a transport structure that has the capacity to respond to the new opportunities posed for Dublin particularly as we embark on Britain’s exit from the European Union,” concluded Lahart.