Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has said that traffic congestion in the Capital is reaching crisis point and Minister Shane Ross must introduce urgent measures to alleviate the problem for road users.
Speaking in Dáil Éireann during a Fianna Fáil motion on Dublin Transport on the issue this week, Deputy Curran said, “Reviewing the policy on public transport to ensure that services are sustainable and have the capacity to meet the needs of our growing population, is of critical importance.
“The Programme for Government commits to conducting a Public Transport Review, yet this has still not been completed in full. This promised review could have provided essential evidence for Minister Ross to plan strategically to seek funding for a variety of important capital investments as part of the current Mid Term Capital Review.
“The Minister has now missed the deadline to include the findings from the latest transport review in the Government’s Mid Term Capital Review and therefore there is no future transport strategy in place for dealing with the expected 401,400 growth in Dublin’s population by 2030.
“It was initially predicted in 2014 that the annual average of daily traffic on the M50 between N4 and N7 would reach 143,000 by 2023. In fact, it has already exceeded this projection by last year. Our major roads including the M50, N7 and N4 are already under significant pressure. I am concerned that the Government’s current Capital Review will not include the evidence that a public transport policy review would have provided.
“I am conscious that without a long-term plan, the substantial investment made in our major road network will be put at risk and will be no longer fit for purpose. The gridlock and commuter chaos will continue on a daily basis” he concluded.