Denise Mitchell TD raises concerns over changes to local bus routes in Dáil
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has raised concerns over proposed changes to local bus routes in the Dáil. The changes are contained in the proposed Bus Connects scheme.
Speaking on Wednesday, Deputy Mitchell said:
“The needs of local communities must be listened to and the Government’s priority should be to ensure we properly fund public transport across the state.”
Deputy Mitchell was critical of some elements of the Bus Connects plan which will result in difficulties for locals accessing schools and hospitals. She also called on the Government mindful of the impact any changes would have on older citizens or those with disabilities:
“We have parts of the constituency where schoolchildren will find they have lost their direct bus route to their school, and they will now have to change buses. And that’s going to mean possible delays and longer journey times.
“On one proposed route, the bus will no longer serve the local hospital. On other routes, passengers will have to change buses or get a Dart halfway through their commute.
“I have attended many of the National Transport Authority public consultations across Dublin Bay North and spoke with many constituents on this issue. These people have genuine concerns about the changes to their bus routes and they must be listened to. ”
Deputy Mitchell also hit out at the privatisation of 10% of Dublin Bus routes:
“Many citizens are concerned that if the bus route they are on isn’t making a profit, then it will be pulled.
“We’ve seen in other states where public transport has been privatised, and it has been an absolute disaster. We cannot allow that to happen here.”