Public Transport Revamp Needed for Ballyboden/Ballycullen/Firhouse
Cllr Sarah Holland has spoken about the need for more public transport solutions for Ballyboden, Ballycullen and Firhouse areas.
“Councillors are in the middle of preparing submissions for the Local Area Plan adjustment, which covers undeveloped lands from the M50 right up to Bohernabreena.
There are welcome housing developments already taking place and the completion of the Local Area Plan could see 100s more in the next few years.
The roads are already chock-a-block, with some working Mams having to drop off their kids at crèche at 7.30 in the morning in order to get to work on time and not getting back until almost 7 in the evening.
Work/life balance is shot to pieces because of traffic congestion.
We need public transport solutions to be in place in the very near future.”
Councillors have put a variety of motions to the floor in recent years, but the LAP adjustment has provided an opportunity to raise the congestion issues in a solutions focused way.
The National Transport Authority strategy for Greater Dublin says
“to reduce congestion on the strategically important M50 motorway and other orbital routes in the outer Metropolitan Area, a reduction in car dependency for orbital trips will be required.”
The council have started to engage with the NTA on it and Cllr Holland has submitted a motion asking for planning to commence on a metro or Luas.
Cllr Holland said
“I’m one of hundreds who walk or bus it everywhere. In an ideal world we could cycle everywhere, but it’s just not as safe here as in some European countries. We are getting there, but we need more public transport solutions as a matter of urgency.”