Monday 20 May 2019

Round-table talks to steer public transport in right direction

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Paul Melia

Paul Melia

A round-table discussion on public transport policy will take place next month between the Government, unions, business groups and other stakeholders.

The discussion has been promised since last year, with unions repeatedly demanding a so-called 'stakeholder forum' to address issues including long-term funding for the sector.

The Department of Transport said the event would take place on May 21 next, and allow for an "exchange of views" as part of a review of public transport policy.

"We want to hear views on what works, what we need to improve and how we can sustainably organise and provide public transport into the future," Transport Minister Shane Ross said.

NBRU general secretary Dermot O'Leary said it had campaigned for a public transport forum for a "number of years", and it was "vital" all stakeholders had a voice in relation to funding, policy and planning.

The "debacle" around Dublin's Luas Cross-City and College Green plaza showed civil servants did not have "exclusivity" in regard to expertise around transport planning, he added.

Irish Independent

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