Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart TD has said measures such as Operation Open City are required in the capital all year round to alleviate the traffic mayhem which has gripped the city as of late.

The Deputy was commenting following reports of serious traffic gridlock across the city this week and which has hindered road users including bus users and cyclists.

He said, “The status yellow weather warning yesterday made driving conditions for motorist’s extremely difficult and greatly hindered their ability to get to work in a reasonable timeframe. Impassable underpasses and flash flooding left the N3, which is a major national road, closed to vehicles for some time.

“In order for traffic to run more smoothly, we need daily intervention from the Garda Traffic Corps in the city centre, along the Quays and on the M50 where congestion appears to be most problematic.

“However, in information received by Fianna Fáil this week, Garda Traffic Corps numbers have taken a hit since the beginning of this year – at a time when the only solution in the short term is for the Traffic Corps to be consistently visible especially during peak times.

“More Gardaí including new graduates must be deployed to the traffic corps to enforce the rules of the road and assist motorists to use the road safely.

He added, “The long promised traffic management measures for the M50 have still not been delivered. I am concerned too that the potential knock-on effects of the Luas Cross City which is set to begin its service in the coming weeks, could hinder motorists and further add to gridlock.

“We must be conscious that this is not just a problem for private motorists – the city’s traffic also affects public transport users and operators and cyclists too.This traffic situation is not only frustrating it is highly dangerous for so many.

“As more and more take to our roads over the next few weeks, particularly in the lead up to Christmas it’s important for this Government to recognise that this is not just a seasonal problem; this is an issue faced all year round by city commuters.

“Any measure put in place by the Department of Transport or indeed local authorities in Dublin city and county must not just be applied for a period but in fact be place 365 days a year,” concluded the Deputy.