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Should central government take control of planning in our cities?

Colm McCarthy


The National Transport Authority last week released revised plans for the Bus Connects project

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INVESTMENT: Anne Graham of the NTA at the Bus Connects announcement last week

INVESTMENT: Anne Graham of the NTA at the Bus Connects announcement last week

INVESTMENT: Anne Graham of the NTA at the Bus Connects announcement last week

As the discussions about forming a government continue, the financial constraints, invisible during a carefree election campaign, are closing in. There is already evidence of a tourism slowdown due to the coronavirus. It was never guaranteed, anyway, that the next government would be awash with tax revenue and spending options. The incoming team, whatever its composition, will have to make choices, which means that affordable projects will have to take priority over the visionary stuff.

During the election there were promises of extensive rail-based public transport schemes, including light rail in provincial cities, a high-speed link all the way from Belfast to Cork and several underground tram and rail routes for Dublin.


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