The Green Party today (5th October 2016) welcomed the proposal to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for City Centre Traffic Study.
However it has warned that the plans could be delayed by the referral of the plans for traffic changes in College Green and the City Centre to An Bord Pleanála. The proposals will be discussed at a 3pm meeting this afternoon of the City Council’s Transport Strategic Policy Committee in City Hall.
Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, Chair of Dublin City’s Transport Committee stated: “We have some great plans for Dublin, and I would hate to see them delayed. The Cross-City Luas will be up and running by the end of next year, and we want to make College Green car-free. We also want to build the Liffey Cycleway and keep the traffic moving. None of this is easy but it has to be done so that the City Centre can continue to develop as a place to work, live, and relax. The Liffey Cycle route is a potential game-changer. It is Dublin’s own cycle super-highway from Heuston Station to the sea and it deserves to be supported.
“Managing the traffic is like conducting an orchestra, and we have to strike the right note, and get things right for everyone. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the city for the better, and it is great that people are supportive of the changes.
“Clear communication is crucial and we intend involving the people of Dublin in helping get things right for everyone, from kids on bikes to delivery trucks, cars and buses. The city must be safe and easy to travel around whether you’re 8 or 80. These plans can help us realise this vision.”
Press release issued 5th October 2016, page last updated 10th October 2016
EVs should also flow free through all toll barriers to help us make the clean switch
The Green Party said today that Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, should not allow electric vehicles to use bus lanes.
Speaking today, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “While we welcome the Minister’s interest in promoting electric vehicles, we think this initiative will be counterproductive.
“Irish drivers have been very disciplined in the way they respect bus lanes. The last thing we want to do is introduce any uncertainty around who should or should not be using them.
“We are facing traffic gridlock in our cities and will have to give real priority to buses if we are going to get our transport system moving. The number of EVs is about to rapidly increase and the last thing we need is buses getting delayed as they approach busy junctions.
“To promote electric vehicles we should be looking at improving the network of charging stations around the country. We need more quick charge points, and we need the current network to be maintained to a higher standard than it is now. We have had complaints from all around the country about out-of-order charging stations – sometimes for up to six months. The Minister has to address this urgently.
“We would also like to see electric vehicles made exempt from tolls to encourage their uptake. This, coupled with a better charging system should see a big switch to EV’s without us having to disadvantage the bus system.
Press Release issued 28th September 2016, page last updated 10th October 2016
The Green Party has called for 10% of all transport funding to be allocated to walking and cycling. The call came from their Transport Spokesperson in the wake of recent road accidents that claimed the lives of an 11 year old schoolboy Tim Ross in Co. Offaly, and 30 year old Donna Fox who died in Dublin’s North Inner City earlier this month.
Speaking at a lunchtime protest cycle from Dublin’s City Hall to the Minister for Transport’s offices on Leeson Lane, Cllr. Ciarán Cuffe said: “Cycling and walking deserve a fair share of transport funding. Currently they receive less than 1% of transport funding. We believe that at least 10% of transport funding must be spent on cycling and walking. This will allow us make our roads safer and reach Government targets for sustainable travel.
“In Dublin we are seeing improvements in cycling facilities, but these changes are happening far too slowly. We are calling on Shane Ross, the Minister for Transport, to devote more funds to walking and cycling. Currently the ‘Smarter Travel Programme’ receives €13 m per year or less than 1% of the Department of Transport’s Budget. Roads receive €746 m or more than fifty times as much. This is not sustainable. In addition the small budget of €13m is being robbed to pay for public transport, and transport research which the Department openly admits is was not set up to do
“We must invest in decent cycle lanes, footpaths, near our schools, in our towns and cities, and where people live. At least €100m per years must be spent on providing for the needs of vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians. This will allow us to build state-of-the-art facilities like a decent Liffey Cycleway, A Dodder Greenway, the Royal Canal Cycle Route, and the Sutton to Sandycove coastal route around Dublin Bay. If we don’t do this we will fail to meet our targets on climate change, we will fail to meet our goals on childhood obesity, and we fail to honour the policies that are enshrined in European and Irish Law.
“Today is ‘European Day without a Road Death’ all over the continent. Here in Ireland we must adopt a ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road deaths and injuries. Such an approach requires increased funding and support from our Minister for Transport Shane Ross.”
Press release issued 21st September 2016, page last updated 10th October 2016