Thursday 14 December 2017

Invest in rail, not more motorways

THE 'Prime Time Investigates' programme on RTE (Monday, May 17) about the scandal of tyre dumping in Ireland showed that this is merely a symptom of our car addiction and of our road-dominated freight-transport system.

Over the years, we have seen the slow death of rail freight and a significant lack of investment in a proper and reliable public-transport system. Tentative efforts have been made but they have been abject in their outcomes.

In the meantime, and despite the fact that road-based private transport was becoming recognised as a global social and environmental problem, we have scarred our beautiful rural landscapes by building huge motorways.

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