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Transport Minister should 'knuckle down' to job and stop chasing photo-opportunities - Crowe

9 March, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport, Seán Crowe TD has questioned the Minister for Transports commitment to providing accessible public transport services. Deputy Crowe made his comments as the Minister took part in "yet another high profile photo opportunity" at the site of the proposed new railway station at Spencer Dock in Dublin.

Deputy Crowe said, "I find it deeply ironic that the Minister is engaging in yet another high profile photo opportunity in relation to public transport and expounding its virtues, yet he hasn't been able to explain to me why Dublin Bus services to Tallaght are being scaled down. Almost 20 scheduled bus services have been removed from the new bus timetable covering West Tallaght, an area designated by the Government as one of high disadvantage. The routes affected are the 50, 56a, 77 and 77a.

"The provision of adequate and reliable public transport is crucial for both the economic and social development of this area. The reason given for the removal of these services is the advent of the Luas.

"It is simply not good enough that here we have a case of one public transport system replacing another when the same problems of overcrowding are being experienced. It cannot be a case of either buses or Luas it should be both if we are to provide a fully functioning and efficient public transport system, which meets the needs of the people of this part of Dublin.

"It is clear that there is still no coherent or co-ordinated approach to providing an integrated public transport system. It is time the Minister stop chasing the cameras and photo-opportunities and knuckled down to the job he is being paid very handsomely for." ENDS

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