Wednesday 22 May 2019

Green Party want 'insane' roads policy replaced with increased public transport funding

Eamon Ryan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Eamon Ryan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.

Wayne O’Connor

The widening of approach roads to Dublin such as the M7 has been labelled “crazy”, “incompetent”, “insane” and will be used as an example of poor planning practice for future generations, according to the Green Party.

Dublin TD Eamon Ryan said the widening of roads that lead to the M50 and Dublin city centre will add to the capital’s traffic woes.

His comments come after it was confirmed the widening of the M7 near Naas will continue into the summer. It was due to conclude this month.

A Dáil debate tonight will call for Government funding to be diverted from road projects to focus on public transport instead.

Mr Ryan said the widening of motorways and the compulsory purchase of gardens in the capital to make way for the BusConnects scheme will not solve traffic congestion problems.

“We are spending billions widening the approaches to the M50, which is gridlocked, and a city which is gridlocked,” he said.

“It is the most insane and incompetent transport planning example you could give. If there is to be examples of how not to do it this will be it.

“The National Development Plan says they want to develop the other cities. This will do the exact opposite. It is a crazy transport situation we have at present. It has to change.”

He said for every €1 spent on road infrastructure, €2 should be spent on public transport.

“The National Development Plan envisages total expenditure on land transport infrastructure of €20.6 billion up to 2027, with only €8.6 billion of that allocated to public transport. We need to turn the tables.”

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