Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has said that the lack of forward planning by Minister Ross and this government to deal with the 8,000 new homes to be built as part of Clonburris SDZ will weaken an already stretched transport infrastructure.

The Deputy once again raised the matter directly with the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross TD last week.

Speaking in Dáil Éireann he said, “Since the plans for Clonburris SDZ were first brought to the table, I have been highlighting the need to extend external transport links to absorb the pressure on transport services that will undoubtedly arise once the population increases.

“The people of Dublin Mid-West are growing increasingly concerned of the lack of comprehensive transport plan being put in place to withstand the introduction of 8,000 new homers in the area.

“Without a long-term strategic planning framework, the already stretched transport services will be further crippled once new homes are occupied and more people move into our community.

“The National Transport Authority previously confirmed to me in correspondence that it would publish an Integrated Implementation Plan for the Greater Dublin Area “in the coming months.” That was 6 months ago but there has been no movement since.

“The success of Clonburris SDZ as a new community in the region very much is dependent on the integrated development of transport infrastructure and services into the surrounding communities on a phased basis.

“Unless the level of housing development is matched with appropriate, permanent increases in transport capacity and infrastructure then we can already predict the problems that will arise further down the line.

“If this Transport Minister had any degree of understanding of the plans needed to deal with 8,000 new homes in an area already suffering with transport issues , he would more promptly follow through on the commitment from the NTA to publish an Integrated Implementation Plan,” Curran concluded.