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Ireland is a transport disaster - Crowe

4 October, 2006

Speaking today Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Seán Crowe TD labelled Ireland a "transport disaster that has spiralled out of control due to uncoordinated planning and lack of government investment in public transport". Deputy Crowe was speaking in the Dáil this afternoon after it emerged that the European Environment Agency (EEA) is using Dublin as a worst-case model of urban planning to ensure that new EU member states will not make the same mistakes.

The Dublin South-West TD said, "The government and successive administrations of have largely ignored their responsibilities to improve public transport for the benefit of public commuters. The political elite have consistently starved Dublin Bus of funds which has resulted in some areas of the capital not being serviced adequately by buses. The failed transport policies of this government have ensured that Dublin has become a car-dependent city in which people travelling to work on a daily basis face stressful traffic congestion and delays.

"The government have created a vicious transport circle. By poorly investing in public transport they have provided little alternatives to a frustrated public, a significant proportion of which see no choice but to purchase private cars. With more cars on the road there will inevitably be more traffic, of which buses will be stuck in and so on.

"The estimated 20% of households without private cars are being socially excluded. The uncoordinated planning of property developers, allowed by a government standing idly by, has resulted in those living further away from the city being socially excluded if they have no cars. It is evident from this current transport nightmare that land use and transport planning must be linked. All new developments must take an integrated planning approach, ensuring that housing, schools, amenities, shopping facilities and places of employment are all concentrated at transport nodes. The people demand fast, integrated, affordable, reliable, efficient, clean and safe public transport, instead of a car dependent city." Críoch

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