‘Give Dublin Operation Freeflow all year round’ says Dublin TD

by Rachel Darcy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]As Gridlock continues to grip areas of Dublin, there have been calls for traffic operations to be introduced all year around as opposed to just during the festive season.

Fianna Fail spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart, has called on the Department of Transport, An Garda Siochana and the four local authorities in the capital to tackle congestion all year round.

Operation Open City has previously run throughout the festive period in an attempt to relive traffic gridlock around Dublin.

Lahart said: “The only solution in the short-term for traffic to run more smoothly is for the Traffic Corps to be consistently visible, especially during peak times in the city centre, along the Quays and on the M50 where congestion is proving to be most problematic.

“The introduction of measures to manage traffic chaos on the M50 has been promised for a very long time, but they still haven’t been delivered.

“Private motorists are tormented but so too are public transport users, operators and cyclists. This traffic situation is dangerous and problematic for so many in Dublin.

“Of course, more people will take to our roads and be out and about in the capital ahead of Christmas and this will add to congestion, but the traffic issues faced by commuters in Dublin are not just a problem in November and December,” he said.

Labour’s transport spokesperson, Kevin Humphreys, has also said that Operation Freeflow should be reintroduced to attempt to tackle traffic chaos in the capital.

Freeflow was introduced in 1996 to keep traffic moving freely in the run up to Christmas, but the plan was dropped in 2011.

Humphreys said: “I have repeatedly raised the need for a reintroduction of Operation Freeflow to deal with the ongoing traffic chaos in Dublin, and many other urban areas in the busy Christmas period.

“If traffic chaos is caused by rain, we are going to see a repeat of the traffic gridlock experienced last year as we head into the wet and cold Christmas period.

“This gridlock could have been easily predicted, but there have been few efforts to manage the growing traffic volumes, and ensure the rules of the road are being observed.

“We have seen long-term proposals in relation to Bus Connects but we must manage the traffic chaos that this currently in effect, and is only going to worsen during December.

“In the past, probationary Gardai from Templemore were drafted into Dublin to ensure that junctions and bus lanes in and around Dublin city centre were policed along with other focused measures.

“We have seen a number of years of new recruits into Templemore. It is time to bring back Operation Freeflow,” he said.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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