Fine Gael Ard Fheis hears warning that worsening traffic congestion will hamper Dublin’s economic growth!

March 1, 2014 by  
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25a busCllr. William Lavelle, local councillor for Lucan, has addressed the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in the RDS, warning that worsening traffic congestion will hamper Dublin’s economic growth.

William stated: “For three years, Fine Gael in Government has worked to get more people back to work; and we see the results of this every day in the form of more cars on our roads, because more people back to work means more trips to work.”

“As local councillor for Lucan, I see this every morning, every evening, in lengthening tailbacks on the N4.”

Cllr. Lavelle outlined how in Lucan, council road engineers had recently reported that “since September the level of congestion has increased. This is primarily due to (road) capacity provided in recent years being finally used up…”

Cllr. Lavelle warned that “worsening traffic congestion will hamper Dublin’s economic growth”.

William added that: “going forward, we can’t just rely on individual car trips to get people to work. We need to provide and promote more public transport options, so those who can use public transport have that option; and so that those who need to use their car can do so without having to face crippling congestion.”

Cllr. Lavelle argued that in the short term, this should mean putting more buses on the Capital’s roads while making sure routes are direct and fares are kept low.

William stated: “When you see, as I do in Lucan: overcrowded buses, passing by and not stopping at overcrowded bus-stops; then you know we need more buses on the roads! But if we want more buses on the roads and if we want the state’s subvention to stretch further, then we need to open up the market to more private operators, in healthy, regulated competition with Dublin Bus; not replacing or privatising Dublin Bus.”

Cllr. Lavelle further stated that “the recent decision of the National Transport Authority to open-up only 10% of routes to competitive tendering; and none to the city centre; simply does not go far enough!”

“Dublin needs more buses on the road. Dublin needs more bus competition.”

 

Speech by Cllr. William Lavelle to Fine Gael Ard-Fheis 

That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to begin to increase bus service capacity in Dublin, both private and public, to help alleviate traffic congestion and support economic growth.

Chairman, Ministers, Delegates,

For three years, Fine Gael in Government has worked to get our economy back on track;  to get more people back to work; and Fine Gael’s policies are working!

We see the results of this, every day, in the form of more cars on our roads; because more people back to work means more trips to work.

As local councillor for Lucan, I see this every morning, every evening, in lengthening tailbacks on the N4.

Dublin’s road network is beginning to creak under this extra pressure. We simply don’t have enough road space. In Lucan, council road engineers recently reported, in writing; and I quote: “since September the level of congestion has increased… This is primarily due to (road) capacity provided in recent years being finally used up…”

Remember, traffic congestion does not come without a cost.

Worsening traffic congestion will hamper Dublin’s economic growth!

So, going forward, we can’t just rely on individual car trips to get people to work. We need to provide and promote more public transport options.  So those who can use public transport have that option; and so those who need to use their car can, without having to face crippling congestion.

In the short term, this should mean putting more buses on the Capital’s roads while making sure routes are direct and fares are kept low.

When you see, as I do in Lucan: overcrowded buses, passing by and not stops; then you know we need more buses on the roads!

But let’s be realistic. The scope for additional Government subvention is limited; and anyway subvention can only go so far. If we want more buses on the roads and if we want the state’s subvention to stretch further then we need to open up the market to more private operators – in healthy, regulated competition with Dublin Bus; not replacing or privatising Dublin Bus.

In this regard, the decision of the National Transport Authority to open-up only 10% of routes to competitive tendering; and none to the city centre; simply does not go far enough!

Dublin needs more buses on the road. Dublin needs more bus competition.

I commend this motion to the Ard-Fheis.

Thank You