Follow @PoliticsIE
 
 
 
Page 1 of 5 12345 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 46

Thread: Dublin traffic congestion worsening, says official report

  1. #1
    Politics.ie Member mmrebel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    In Araf
    Posts
    758
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default Dublin traffic congestion worsening, says official report

    The number of cars travelling into Dublin city centre each morning has surged during the last three years, despite more buses on the roads, it has been revealed.

    A Dublin City Council survey found around 3,000 more cars came into the capital last year than in 2005, yet there were approximately 200 extra buses.

    However, despite the hike in traffic, the number of cyclists has jumped almost a third since 2003.

    Fine Gael claimed the study showed Government attempts to get people out of cars and onto public transport were failing.

    Paschal Donohoe, the party’s Seanad transport spokesman, said: “Traffic congestion is strangling the city’s commercial and social life.

    “Congestion is costing Dublin’s businesses at least €650m a year.

    “We need simple and effective steps to get the city moving again in the short term, especially if work on Metro North gets under way.”

    Since 1980, every November the City Council conducts a survey of the number of vehicles crossing the cordon formed by the Royal and Grand canals during the morning rush hour.

    The study is carried out over two days.

    While car traffic has fallen by more than 10,000 since 1997, it has been steadily increasing since 2005, rising from 60,600 to 63,976.
    Dublin traffic congestion worsening, says official report | BreakingNews.ie


    So the proof is there our traffic situation is getting worse and what do the greens our supposed transport Saviour's do ? They facilitate the removing of public transport from the city .
    Or are we just to lazy as a nation to be bothered with public transport ?
    Could it be that just too many people bought into the dream of buying houses in the middle of nowhere because it was all they could afford and now have to do the commute because there is inadequate transport available ?
    And this situation is being repeated in cork, galway and limerick too.

    I really am looking forward to those carbon taxes too its just what we need and deserve for being so selfish well if you believe the greens that is

  2. #2
    Politics.ie Newbie
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    86
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    I reckon if they recounted now they would find that numbers have dropped. I find that Dublin traffic is now lighter at peak times. I first noticed it in December when the usual pre-Christmas mayhem didn't really happen.

  3. #3
    Politics.ie Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    The senators party recently called for Metro North to be shelved, and its transport spokesmen recently called for the Government to continue its road building programme.

    What exactly are FG going to offer commuters?

  4. #4
    Politics.ie Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    5
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    What public transport is available that you can count on been there close to their timetable except if your on the Dart/Luas lines.

  5. #5
    Politics.ie Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    2,573
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    A Dublin City Council survey found around 3,000 more cars came into the capital last year than in 2005, yet there were approximately 200 extra buses
    it's a damning indictment also of Dublin bus - they are crowding O Connell St under the pretence that people want to go there compromising services elsewhere. People DO NOT work on O Connell Street, they work in Dublin 2, Dublin 4 and the Docklands and that's where the services are needed (as well as obvously the acres of offices and industrial areas in the suburbs)

    This is hardly a catastrophic figure either. At it's height the figure was around 78,000 it thought so a 5% increase in 4 years ain't the end of the world. 2005 was also a freak year as it was the first year of the LUAS so it took many many cars off the road, some of which will have returned plus the additional traffic caused by maladministration by hinterland Councillors over the last decade.

    2009 will see a drop of about 6 or 7% on 2008's figures as unemployment coupled with car use affordability issues bite. Expect a jump in cycling, walking and bus use next year. But that will be due to one thing only and won't be any reason to celebrate.

    It should be remembered that throughout the massive boom 97-05, the number of cars entering the city dropped at peak hours. That was a good achievement but to rely on the misery of a recession or to use next years results as a reason to pull back on Luas lines and Metros would be backward in the extreme - as such i expect it to happen

  6. #6
    Politics.ie Member Catalpa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Dublin West
    Posts
    10,302
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    The Traffic out in Blanch at peak times has certainly dipped at peak times since the beginning of the year no doubt about it.

  7. #7
    Politics.ie Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    477
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mmrebel View Post
    Fine Gael claimed the study showed Government attempts to get people out of cars and onto public transport were failing.

    Paschal Donohoe, the party’s Seanad transport spokesman, said: “Traffic congestion is strangling the city’s commercial and social life.

    “Congestion is costing Dublin’s businesses at least €650m a year.

    “We need simple and effective steps to get the city moving again in the short term, especially if work on Metro North gets under way.”
    Did he give any examples of such simple and effective steps? Will he ask FG's City Councillors to back the bus gate for College Green?
    Worth breaking my "no sig" rule for: http://cedarlounge.wordpress.com/

  8. #8
    Politics.ie Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    2,573
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    He will in his backside. As long as the Business Assocaition keep lobbying for the status quo by demanding both excellent public transport and unfettered car access to the front door of every shop in the city

  9. #9
    Politics.ie Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    195
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    I think this survey is bogus and is being used as a tool to introduce congestion charges. Traffic has definitely decreased in the last year.

  10. #10
    Politics.ie Member Ulster-Lad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Dún na nGall
    Posts
    10,090
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Yosser View Post
    I think this survey is bogus and is being used as a tool to introduce congestion charges. Traffic has definitely decreased in the last year.

    +1 Agreed......
    ‘The Great only appear great because we are on our knees: Let Us Rise!’ “ (James Larkin)

Page 1 of 5 12345 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •