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By Chamber Press Office, 05 January 2018
Dublin Chamber has welcomed the progress being made in getting more people to use public transport.
Reacting today to new figures from the National Transport Authority, which show a 7% rise in public transport journeys in 2017, Dublin Chamber said the figures send a clear signal to Government that it must invest ambitiously in Dublin’s transport network.
The Chamber has called on the Government to at least triple its investment in public transport to meet growing public demand.
Dublin Chamber pointed to the sharp rise in the number of people using the Luas as particular proof that it pays to invest in modern public transport infrastructure.
According to Dublin Chamber’s Head of Public Affairs, Graeme McQueen: “It is fantastic to see such strong growth in the number of people using public transport. However, imagine what we could achieve if we invested properly across the spectrum of public transport services. There are still far too many people in the Greater Dublin Area without an attractive public transport offering. 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.”
Mr McQueen said: “An additional 400,000 people will be living in the Greater Dublin Area by 2031. We need to plan now for how those people are going to move around Dublin and invest accordingly over the next decade. Without proper investment, the public transport network will simply choke. The addition of Luas Cross City is hugely welcome, but the investment cannot stop there. The Government must now pull the trigger on both the Metro North and Dart Underground projects – investments that we’ve been talking about for up to 50 years.”
College Green Must Work For Transport First
Dublin Chamber said it is hopeful that public transport numbers will continue to rise in 2018. However, it has called on planners to exercise caution regarding any traffic changes in the College Green area.
Mr McQueen said: “Given that Dublin Bus is the backbone of Dublin’s transport network, it is vital that any changes made in the College Green area do not negatively impact on the attractiveness of the bus. Dublin Chamber supports the idea of a pedestrian plaza at College Green in principle, and always have done, but we need reassurance that there are proper plans in place to ensure good mobility around the city, out as far as the M50.”