The latest Dublin Transport strategy “falls well short of what is needed” at a time when the city demands more ambition than ever, according to the Dublin Commuter Coalition.
The coalition is today addressing the Oireachtas Transport Committee on the proposed Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area.
On Newstalk Breakfast this morning, coalition Chair Feljin Jose said the latest strategy appears to be less ambitious than previous attempts, despite the urgent need for better public transport.
He said the coalitions biggest concerns centre on the lack of any firm plans for Dart Underground or the conversion of the Luas Green Line to a high capacity metro.
“We have a current transport strategy from 2016 to 2035 and, as far as we can see, this proposed one has slightly fewer projects over a much longer amount of time,” he said.
“That is not ambitious enough considering all we have talked about in terms of climate change and pollution and inactivity over the last couple of years.
“We just don’t think that's good enough.”
In his opening address to the committee, Mr Feljin notes that the proposed strategy is “less progressive than previous strategies at a time when the Dublin people — and indeed our planet — demand the most ambition”.
He notes that the number of Luas lines now proposed to be complete by 2042, is the same as was previously promised by 2035.
He also criticises the delays to the DART+ Tunnel - previously known as DART Underground – which the strategy confirms will be postponed for at least the next 20 years.
He notes that the upgrade of the Luas Green Line to high-capacity metro is also not included in the strategy.
“We believe that the Draft Transport Strategy falls well short of what is needed to facilitate the radical shift away from private cars to sustainable modes that is required to meet our climate commitments and reduce congestion, air pollution and inactivity,” he says.
“We are seeking substantial changes to the plan before it is finalised and approved by the Minister.
“With greater ambition, the Draft Transport Strategy can be a catalyst for change. Dublin Commuter Coalition sees a future where Dublin can be a leader in the provision of safe, accessible, and sustainable transport for all.
“The people of Dublin demand and deserve it.”