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'People are worried' - 20,000 respond to BusConnects plans

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Noel Rock says idea is flawed

Noel Rock says idea is flawed

Noel Rock says idea is flawed

More than 20,000 people from Dublin had expressed concerns about the controversial BusConnects scheme as the deadline for submissions ended last night.

Since consultation began in July, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has received an "overwhelming" response from the public.

It says the volume of proposals will take several months to assess and ultimately lead to the publication of a revised plan next year.

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BusConnects head of communications Grainne Mackin told the Herald the public response was one of the largest the NTA had seen.

"On top of the consultation we also had 33 public information events throughout Dublin and met about 15,000 people face to face," she said.

"We will now be taking their concerns on board and will come out with a revised plan next June.

"Then we will go back to public consultation."

Ms Mackin said, looking back, the NTA should have provided the public with a localised breakdown of the plan from the start.

"From day one, we put all the information in our big report but in hindsight I would have liked to have issued local brochures from the start," she said.

"We then very quickly acknowledged this issue and distributed 60,000 of these brochures across the city."

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, a campaigner against the scheme in his north Dublin constituency, said the proposals were greatly flawed.

"I would be amazed if 90pc of those 20,000 submissions weren't totally opposed to it," Mr Rock said.

"The main concern from people is the belief they will no longer be getting a direct bus service to the city centre from their residential estate.

"The issue about roads becoming a one-way system for motorists, particularly on the Swords Road, has also generated a lot of submissions.

"People are worried they won't be able to get to and from their homes as easily and are concerned that their once- quiet residential road will now become main thoroughfares into town."

Mr Rock hoped the NTA would listen to the public's concerns.

"A lot of people don't feel there's any improvement. We believe the NTA can give us a far better deal. There needs to be major revisions," he added.


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