A Fingal councillor has criticised a lack of joined-up thinking in Dublin’s transport strategy, with potentially dire consequences for Castleknock and Blanchardstown residents.
Cllr Emer Currie’s (FG) comments come in response to disparate announcements from public bodies including Busconnects, the Office of Public Works (OPW) and An Taisce.
Cllr Currie said: “In the past year, we have seen a drip-feed of announcements that, collectively, would spell disaster for the transport needs of Castleknock and a significant part of Blanchardstown.
“We need joined-up thinking to create integrated solutions that will reduce the cars on our roads, rather than a step-by-step shutdown of transport options in the area.”
Cllr Currie said the latest Busconnects plans for Stoneybatter will restrict private car access into town, while An Taisce’s submission on the OPW Phoenix Park review recommends that car access via the park be virtually closed down.
She added: “Busconnects currently oversees a plan where Castleknock and Clonsilla Road buses, which traditionally terminated in Baggot St, will leave commuters stranded in Parnell Square, kilometres away from work and study.
“Castleknock and Blanchardstown don’t have enough cycle lanes and our trains are already at bursting point.
“This begs the question – if Castleknock and Blanchardstown residents can’t get the bus, can’t use a car, don’t have adequate cycle lanes and the trains are at full capacity, how else are people supposed to commute?
“A lack of direct consultation with residents and the drip-feed nature of these announcements has not helped matters.
“It’s time for the National Transport Agency (NTA) to step in to work with the community on an integrated, realistic and progressive transport system for the wider Castleknock area.”