Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has said that the lack of foresight and communication between the National Transport Authority and the Department of Transport will eventually catch up on Dublin Bus users.
In information received by the Deputy through Parliamentary Question, the Minister for Transport confirmed that any need to replace and or expand the Dublin Bus fleet is examined by the National Transport Authority.
In a separate response to the same question, the National Transport Authority has said that it would not be in the position to detail any plan to deal with the demand for Dublin Bus until it is allocated a budget later this year.
Deputy Curran said, “Dublin Bus is an important service that plays an essential part in tackling Dublin’s traffic problems.
“I am concerned however, that neither the Minister nor the National Transport Authority appears to have any insight or knowledge of the increasing demand particularly in light of economic growth and a rise in jobs.
“While private operator Go-Ahead recently acquired a contract to provide 10% of Dublin Bus routes across the city, this will only affect existing buses and no additional routes or buses will be added to the fleet.
“It is disappointing that there is no foresight or forward planning between the Minister, his Department and the National Transport Authority to better support the thousands of commuters that use bus.
“The fact that there is no expectation of demand leads me to believe that the Government is severely unprepared to manage the rising passenger numbers and poor congestion times.
“It is an absolute priority that our city responds to the challenges of a growing and working population so that it remains a popular city for living, visiting and for doing business,” concluded Deputy Curran.