Monday 5 December 2016

Hikes put State plan for transport on wrong road

Published 25/10/2016 | 02:30

Photo: PA
Photo: PA

For some time now there have been various official stratagems to impose a sort of 'carmageddon' on motorists in urban areas. The aim appears to be either to entice and/or coerce drivers to ditch the car and avail of public transport. The notional contract between the commuter and the State has it that alternative, reliable public transport would be provided at a competitive price.

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So, the driver parks at the train station, reducing congestion that is choking the life out of our cities. Or so the story goes - but now look at the reality. Inflation is static, yet from this week it will cost 17pc more to park at most urban train stations. As to affordable, comfortable commuting? One must shell out €40.10 for a seven-day rail ticket - a 50pc increase since 2010.

Instead of inducing more drivers who use InterCity or Dart services to abandon their cars, it will make them think again about resorting to them.

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