Imelda Munster TD calls on Minister to deliver on funding for accessibility to public transport
Speaking after the launch of Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget, Imelda Munster TD called on Minister for Transport Shane Ross to follow through on a commitment given to her at a Transport Committee meeting last month to deliver on specific funding for accessibility to public transport for people with disabilities.
Deputy Munster said:
“I am calling on Minister Ross to hold firm to a commitment he gave to me at the Transport Committee relating to disability access on public transport. Minister Ross acknowledged that he had had several exchanges with me on the Dáil floor on this issue, and following that, he had made a strong bid to include a separate item in the Estimates on the accessibility of public transport.
“I have raised this issue on several occasions with the Minister, and have highlighted the absence of wheelchair accessibility throughout our public transport network and the ludicrous situation whereby wheelchair users are very often left at the side of the road, as the public bus service drives away without them.
“We need targeted investment across our transport network, including additional capital investment to make all bus stops wheelchair accessible. In our Alternative Budget we have allocated €10million this year to make bus stops accessible, alongside increased subvention for our public transport network.
“If we are serious about addressing this inequality of access, the Minister needs to deliver the funding and a programme and time-frame for delivery in the Budget."