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How much longer must Dublin Bus users be held hostage by the PDs? - Crowe

25 September, 2006


While welcoming today's ending of peak-time restrictions on the free travel scheme, Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Seán Crowe TD, pointed out that "there are simply not enough buses to service public transport as it is." He went on to call for Minister Cullen to honour his commitments to supply new busses to augment the over-stretched existing Dublin Bus fleet.

The Dublin South-West TD said: "Sinn Féin has long campaigned for these peak-time restrictions to be lifted and I genuinely welcome Minister for Social and Family Affairs Seamus Brennan's move on doing so, however belatedly.

"But the fact remains that there are simply not enough buses to service public transport as it is. With more people now forecast to avail of public transport at peak times, it makes perfect sense for the government to increase public bus capacity and fund the purchase of new buses. How much longer must Dublin Bus users be held hostage by the PDs?

"It is high time that Minister for Transport Martin Cullen honours his commitments and supplies Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann with the necessary funding to purchase new extra buses. I am sure if the Minister had to cram onto a packed bus on a daily basis and face the regular stressful challenges of commuters, his cavalier attitude would change."

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