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