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By Chamber Press Office, 22 May 2018
Dublin Chamber has welcomed the progress being made in getting more people to use public transport in Dublin.
The Chamber was reacting to new figures released today by the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council, which show that more than half of all commuter trips into Dublin city centre are now being made using public transport for the first time.
Dublin Chamber said the figures send a clear signal to Government that it must invest ambitiously in Dublin’s transport network.
The business group warned 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.
According to Dublin Chamber’s Head of Public Affairs, Graeme McQueen: “Breaching the 50% mark is a big achievement for Dublin and a very positive sign. However, imagine what we could achieve if we invested properly across the spectrum of public transport services. These Canal Cordon figures show much 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.”
Dublin Chamber said that the 3% drop in the number of cars coming into the city was welcome. However, the Chamber cautioned that congestion remains a growing problem for businesses in Dublin.
Mr McQueen said: "Feedback from firms in Dublin* suggests that traffic congestion remains a growing problem. Almost three quarters (73%) of firms saw an increased negative impact on their business in the first quarter of 2018.”
The Chamber welcomed the sharp increase in the number of people walking and cycling into the city.
Mr McQueen: "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, this growth has come about in spite of Dublin's cycling infrastructure as opposed to 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. We call on the Transport Minister to significantly increase the amount of money that is being spent on cycling infrastructure in Dublin - along with a sharp increase in the overall amount being spent on transport solutions in the city."