Fianna Fáil general election candidate in Dublin Central Mary Fitzpatrick has called for park and ride facilities to be put in place before bus corridors are introduced as part of the Bus Connects project.

Speaking about the project Mary Fitzpatrick said “While high frequency bus corridors into the city centre are welcome there must be adequate park and ride facilities beyond the M50 to ensure urban inner-city communities are not over taken by parked cars. The North Inner City is a vibrant place to live and work. It must not become a de facto park and ride following the introduction of high frequency routes.

“It is clear high frequency bus corridors are needed, as are more park and ride facilities. One will not work without the other. The National Transport Authority must engage with all stakeholders, including the four local authorities in Dublin to ensure that communities in Glasnevin, Drumcondra, along the Navan Road and the wider area do not become over run with commuters parking during the work day.

“During engagement with Bus Connects and the National Transport Authority I have also brought up the pricing structuring for bus routes. We must incentivise the routes by reducing fares rather than continuing price increases. A combined plan with park and ride facilities and a revised pricing structure for fares on the new routes has to be considered,” concluded Mary Fitzpatrick.