New tram line causing traffic chaos – Devlin

by Rebecca Ryan

A LOCAL councillor is slamming the roll-out of Luas Cross City.


Fianna Fail’s Cormac Devlin told a public meeting he hosted on Monday that the new tram line is causing traffic chaos.


“It has resulted in a reduction in tram frequency, dangerous overcrowding, and left many passengers late for work, school and college.”


Cllr Devlin said it is not fair on commuters.


“It is clear, sufficient planning was not carried out before the roll out of Cross City and before the arrival of longer trams.


“This has resulted in dozens of bus routes being diverted, which is causing delays for bus users and motorists alike. According to the council some bus journey times have increased by 110%.


“The Government were warned about this in 2014, but chose to take no meaningful action. They remain inactive and seem unable to bring forward solutions to alleviate the chaos.”


He wants to see immediate action.


Minister Shane Ross has said LUAS Cross City is a ‘victim of its own success’ and that this chaos is simply a teething issue. This laissez faire attitude by the minister and the government is completely unacceptable.


“The message from the public meeting was clear, we need to see an immediate review of the LUAS timetable to increase peak-time frequency between St. Stephen’s Green and Bride’s Glen which would take pressure off College Green and reduce congestion.”


Cllr Devlin was joined at the meeting by TD John Lahart (FF).


The audience were told the party would bring forward a suite of proposals to reduce congestion in the capital.


They include, the establishment of a Dublin Transport Commission to coordinate public transport in the capital and drive investment in new infrastructure such as additional buses, park and ride facilities and the expansion of the Dublin Bikes scheme.


The National Development Plan also came in for criticism, Cllr Devlin said “there is very little in Ireland 2040 to improve public transport in south Dublin between now and 2027”.


“ The government must boost public transport capacity in the short term by investing in the Dublin Bus fleet.”


His views were echoed by Deputy Lahart.

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