Thursday 27 October 2016

'I don't remember congestion ever being as bad'

Published 30/11/2015 | 02:30

Fionnuala McAuley
Fionnuala McAuley

Congestion in the capital has forced Fionnuala McAuley, of Scarecrow Flowers in Sandymount, to make business changes.

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She opens half an hour later now, and has taken on a second delivery driver.

She also doesn't want her drivers on the road before 10am.

"Congestion is a huge problem for us. Trying to get from one end of the city to another with a delivery is definitely not the easiest task.

"We've had to go from one driver to have a second driver as a result, which is quite a big cost for a small business to afford," she said.

"I don't remember it being as bad as it is now, except during Christmas periods.

"And yet I would have had more deliveries before the boom ended than now, because people don't want the delivery charges."

Ms McAuley used to open her shop at 9am. She's delayed that until 9.30am.

Although she can take the Dart from her home in Monkstown and be in work in 20 minutes, for business reasons, she often has to drive.

When that happens, the commute goes from 20 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes. She points out that it's a seven-minute drive when there's no traffic.

Such are the traffic difficulties in the morning, Ms McAuley says she doesn't want her vans and drivers on the road before 10am.

"There's no point in them sitting in traffic. But it is a problem for funerals, as most are between 10am and 10.30am and I have to get flowers to them," she said.

"I'm reluctant to deliver to a church in the morning... I send them in the evening, which is not something you would want to be doing," she said.

Irish Independent

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