Sinn Féin - On Your Side

Dublin Sinn Féin holds City-wide day of action to highlight public transport chaos in the capital

23 March, 2007

Concluding Dublin Sinn Féin's Week of Action on Transport party representatives and activists today dropped banners and handed out thousands of leaflets at the Eastlink Bridge, Heuston Station, Fairview and the Lucan Junction of the M50 motorway.

Following this morning action at the Eastlink Toll Bridge Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan said, "The city's traffic chaos and gridlock faced each day by commuters is a direct result of government refusing to invest in a publicly funded fully integrated public transport system. Sinn Féin is calling for an extra 500 buses for Dublin Bus to be allocated to areas we have identified as under serviced. We also wish to see the abolishment of road tolls as they are yet another unjust tax on people travelling to and from work and cause major traffic gridlock on our roads.

"By providing commuters with an efficient reliable cost effective option of public transport we believe they will leave their cars at home. The absence of such a transport system has meant Dublin has become one of the most car dependent cities in Europe.

"Dublin Sinn Féin has identified many communities throughout the city where extra buses are urgently needed.

"Mary Lou McDonald is proposing additional buses for the Ballybough to Beaumont hospital, Cabra to city centre and Infirmary Road routes. Cllr. Dessie Ellis has said despite a modest increase in bus numbers in the Lanesboro and Charlestown areas of North Finglas and Santry Woods the area remains inadequately serviced.

"Deputy Sean Crowe is calling for extra buses to service the Kiltipper, Aylesbury, and Ballycullen areas. Investment in public transport has not been provided for the many new developments in the Old Mill and Firhouse areas. Bus schedules for the Kingswood and West Tallaght have been reduced since the Luas came into operation. However commuters are unable to get onto the Luas during peak times and those living any distance from the nearest station in their area have no public transport method of getting home.

"South Dublin has had a similar experience with the reduction of the 48A bus service in Ballinter due to the introduction of the Luas despite strong local opposition against the move. Our election candidate for the area Shaun Tracey has called for the 48A to be restored to its pre Luas status and said there must be no reduction of the 44 route when the Cherrywood Luas extension is completed."

"Dublin Mid West candidate Joanne Spain is calling for additional bus routes to be added to the ever expanding Lucan area and has noted many of the newly developed estates have virtually no bus service at all.

"Despite promises of an integrated public transport system in the governments Transport 21 plans what we see happening in communities is one method of transport being pitted against the other in the rush for profit. If one service is in competition against the other then the delivery of integration will become impossible. A simple and proven solution to this is the investment of public monies in public services. Sinn Féin will deliver this alternative if elected into the next Government."

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