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Ellis supports campaign to retain and improve bus services

17 November, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has given his support to the case being taken by the Save the 19 Bus Campaign to the European Court of Human Rights. He described the move as a bold step in highlighting the massive impact the removal and rerouting of vital bus services is having on communities.

Ellis said;

“Dublin Bus and the National Transport Authorities have been attempting to push through changes to bus services throughout the city which will very negatively impact on disadvantaged communities, the elderly, the disabled and young people.

“The 19 serves my own area of Dublin North West and is a vital resource to so many, serving places where no other bus runs. We should be supporting these areas not cutting from them and forcing people to seek other modes of transport or be isolated in their homes.

“The Minister for Transport must lay down the marker that Dublin Bus and the NTA have to protect services which vulnerable people depend on. I will continue to challenge the government on this. To their shame they remained silent and passed the buck while routes were changed so that no bus will serve anywhere but the main road in places like Ballymun if a service is retained at all. This is cutting off elderly people.

“As I have said time and again in the Dáil, Public Transport takes cars off the road, reducing congestion and pollution and making Dublin a better place to live, do business or visit. The efforts of the Save the 19 Bus Campaign cannot be ignored by the Minister, Dublin Bus or the NTA and they have my full support.” ENDS

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