Munster calls for local liaison officers for LocalLink and BusConnects
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has called for the National Transport Authority (NTA) to provide local liaison officers to ensure that local representatives and groups have a local point of access to discuss concerns on both MetroLink and BusConnects projects.
Speaking at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Transport Committee, Deputy Munster said that it was imperative that local people had ongoing and open access to an NTA staff member with detailed local knowledge of both projects, given the large-scale changes expected in some areas.
Deputy Munster said:
“My office has been inundated with calls and emails from people who are confused and concerned about the plans. There is a view that there is not enough detail available, and that consultation with the NTA has not been sufficient.
“I am encouraging everyone to engage with the ongoing consultation process at BusConnects and the next stages of consultation on the MetroLink project when they commence.
“Further to that, I have asked the NTA to work with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to provide local liaison points of contact to ensure that local concerns can be raised as part of an ongoing, transparent and open process. Communication with communities is key to the success of these projects. We saw the disastrous effect on communities who were excluded from the MetroLink planning process, and I think the NTA should learn from that.
“The NTA are encouraging people to attend public meetings, which is well and good, however not every issue can be addressed at these meetings, and not everyone will be able to attend, especially when some of these meetings are taking place in August when many people are on their holidays.
“I have written to the NTA and TII to encourage them to provide this service to ensure that as many voices as possible are heard.”