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Investment in public transport for Dublin is welcomed by independent MEP Nessa Childers

Press Release

Monday 3 Feb 2014

As recent adverse weather conditions further congest Dublin’s roads, MEP Nessa Childers is supporting the National Transport Authority’s expansion plans for the capital.

With a budget of €650million, the organisation has proposed a rapid Swiftway bus system for three key suburban routes. It is hoped this could cut journey times by almost half.

‘Traffic in certain residential areas in the capital is a real issue – but a lack of proper public transport means many commuters often have no option but to get into their cars,’ the Dublin-based politician said.

‘A reliable, cost-efficient alternative would not only be of huge benefit the people who live and work in our capital city – it would be better for our environment too.’

However, the independent MEP – who is looking for re-election in Dublin in the forthcoming European elections – cautioned that development and building costs cannot be allowed to spiral.

‘We have seen too often in recent years that proposed projects and schemes are quickly tainted by financial mismanagement and spiralling costs.

‘I would also encourage the National Transport Authority to liaise closely with local community groups to ensure that the best possible service is offered to commuters,’ she added.

The proposed bus routes would run from Swords and Dublin Airport to the city centre, Blachardstown to UCD, and Clongrifin to Tallaght.

The Swiftway airport line would largely follow the now deferred Metro North path, which was officially shelved along with Metro West by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar in 2011. It was estimated that those proposed plans would have each cost in excess of €3billion.

Last year, Dublin was identified as being the 13th most congested city in Europe. The analysis found that rush hour drivers in the capital lost up to 37 minutes per hour of travel.

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For more information, please contact Gillian Fitzpatrick on 086 8778640.