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N3 Bus Corridor not enough - Gallagher

14 June, 2006

DUBLIN 15 Sinn Féin Councillor Felix Gallagher has claimed that the N3 Quality Bus Corridor is not enough and will do little to improve journey times into the city centre.

Speaking as the scheme received approval Cllr Gallagher said "Dublin 15 has the worst record in the city for journey times into the city centre. Average journeys from Castaheany last almost two hours, therefore any improvement in the bus lane is to be welcomed. However, this proposal ignores the areas of greatest delay which are were the bus lane terminates at the M50 roundabout and the most fragmented bus lane from there in. What we really need is a dedicated bus lane over the M50 as part of the junction upgrade and the opening of the Phoenix Park to public buses for hard-working commuters."

Cllr Gallagher also revealed another problem with the QBC stating "While this bus lane is from the county boundary with Meath, due to a threat of legal action from Westwood International Transport Ltd part of the scheme is to be postponed. The section from Meath to the Parslickstown slip road is postponed indefinitely. While this section of the road is relatively free-flowing currently, in the coming months with the M50 widening and junction upgrade in addition to the opening of the Port Tunnel, we can expect tailbacks all the way to Fairyhouse. Only when this happens will the impact be felt. Once again I reiterate my proposal to expedite the building of a flyover over the M50 roundabout which would take forty per cent of traffic out of the equation." ENDS

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