Wednesday 24 July 2019

Group fights for better transport infrastructure

Community groups from across Fingal have come together to lobby for better public transport infrastructure.

Representatives from Malahide, Skerries, Rush and Donabate met recently in a bid to form a group to seek improvements in the stretched public transport links in the area.

The meeting was called by Donabate Portrane Community Council.

The meeting heard North County Dublin is one of the fastest growing local authority areas in Europe, with large-scale house construction projects putting rail, bus and Dart services under huge strain. The road network is also congested.

The new group will argue that the surge in building and growing employment has meant that it was now proving difficult for commuters to access services to get to work, the meeting was told.

The meeting heard that private housing development activity is now very close to 2008 levels, when the housing boom was at its peak, according to recent information from Fingal County Council.

The group will also argue that bus services at peak times are at capacity and there was a need for more direct services into the city, the group said.

Rail was not a viable option for many in Fingal and at a recent meeting with Irish Rail community groups were advised that there would be no significant improvements until at least 2021.

This is despite the fact that passenger numbers are up 5% year on year on already, leading to record numbers on this route.

The meeting of the Fingal community groups in Donabate was told that transport links must be prioritised in terms of addressing infrastructural deficiencies to the rail and bus network.

Donabate Portrane Community Council recently raised these issues at the Fingal County Council's Public Participation Network planning, housing and transport linkage group meeting.

A petition has also been circulated in Fingal calling on the Minister for Transport Shane Ross and National Transport Authority to prioritise and urgently ring-fence the necessary funding required to address the public transport deficits of the region.

Fingal Independent