Public Transport Progress Proves Value of Investment

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By Chamber Press Office, 11 April 2019

Dublin Chamber has welcomed the progress being made in getting more people to use public transport in Dublin.
 
The Chamber was reacting to new Canal Cordon figures, released today by the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council, which show a 5% increase in the number of trips made on public transport in 2018 versus 2017. The increase over the past five years has been 21%.
 
More than half (52%) of people coming into the city centre are now doing so using public transport, the Chamber said.
 
Dublin Chamber said the figures send a clear signal to Government regarding the value of investing ambitiously in Dublin’s transport network.
 
The Chamber said the Cordon figures further the case for both the MetroLink and BusConnects projects, both of which promise to significantly improve the public transport offering in Dublin.
 
According to Dublin Chamber’s Head of Communications, Graeme McQueen: "There is a danger that the good progress being made in getting people to switch from the private car to sustainable modes will stall unless ambitious and sustained investment is made into public transport - and also cycling and walking infrastructure. These Canal Cordon figures show big demand for public transport is out there, and that demand is growing fast. However, there are still far too many people in Dublin who are under-served by public transport. If the aim of reducing the dependency on the private car is to be achieved, a properly planned and fully integrated public transport network is essential.”
 
The Chamber expressed concern at the slight dip in cyclist numbers in 2018, following several consecutive years of strong growth.
 
Mr McQueen said: "It is disappointing to see that cyclist numbers stalled in 2018. This marks the first year in which cyclist numbers have fallen in 7 years and ends a run of 6 consecutive years of strong growth in cyclist numbers. The number of cyclists in Dublin continues to grow at an impressive rate and has more than tripled since 2006. However, for the most part, the good cycling progress seen in recent years has come about in spite of Dublin's cycling infrastructure and not because of it. The availability of high quality cycle lanes remains sporadic around the city, which means that cycling in Dublin is still much more dangerous than it should be.
 
"Progress on making Dublin a safer city for cycling has been far too slow in recent years. There are a number of good plans there, such as the new Liffey Cycle Route proposal and the Fitzwilliam Cycle route plan, but the delivery of both these projects, frustratingly, remain several years away. Growing cyclist numbers further in the coming years will require a step-change in the delivery of new and improved cycling infrastructure," said Mr McQueen.
 
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For further information please contact:
Graeme McQueen | Head of Communications | Dublin Chamber | 086 212 6444 | graeme@dublinchamber.ie