Greystones Municipal District Cathaoirleach Councillor Nicola Lawless has described a meeting that was held on Monday with key public transport stakeholders as very promising.
The meeting was arranged to discuss public transport issues in the Greystones area and growing congestion on the N11.
Speaking after the meeting Cllr Lawless said “As Cathaoirleach of the Greystones Municipal District “I have held three meetings now to discuss important public transport issues in the area.
Late last year I called a meeting with our 5 TD’s in Wicklow to highlight our concerns with the changes to bus timetables, DART timetables, new private bus operator Go Head, also longer train times into Dublin and how there has been an increase on our roads due to people getting back into our cars.”
“Stemming out of the first meeting the area Councillors and some of the TD’s put a strategic plan in place to highlight the problems on the ground but also offering solutions on long, medium and short-term bases.”
Cllr Lawless continued “The purpose of Monday’s meeting was to get all key public transport stakeholders around the table and to discuss the strategic plan that we have compiled. Invitations were sent out to the National Transport Authority (NTA), Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, Bus Eireann and Go Head.
We were very pleased that Dublin Bus and Irish Rail attend this meeting and listened to what we had to say, and took on board our plan. It was disappointing that the NTA did not attend as most of the long-term issues are under their remit.”
Deputy Brady who also attended the meeting said “I must commend the councillors in the Greystones Municipal District who have started this important discussion on public transport, I particularly want to thank Cllr Lawless who in her role as chairperson has pushed this issue and has now arranged three important meetings.”
“From our engagement with the service providers it’s clear that under funding is having an impact on the delivery of a proper and efficient public transport system.
Both Dublin Bus and Irish Rail said that they are operating at capacity, so capital investment is critically required. We also need to be ambitious and plan for the here and now, but also the future.
I believe that a feasibility study needs to be commissioned into running a second rail line south of Bray and also running the DART to Kilcoole and further. Provision also needs to be made for park and ride facilities, both for bus and rail.”
Brady concluded by saying “The population of Wicklow is expanding and we need to move more and more to public transport to reduce our carbon footprint and to stop the traffic gridlock on our roads, I will continue to pursue this in the Dáil and though my engagement with the local council.”
Cllr Lawless finished by saying “As Cathaoirleach I intend on trying to organise a follow-up meeting with the NTA as they are key stakeholders in the provision of public transport. I’m committed to improving our transport services; however key to this is an increase in capital investment.
If we want to achieve a fully operational train station for Kilcoole, or a second line from Bray to Greystones which is badly need, commitment and funding is necessary. I will continue to use my role as Cathaoirleach to advance these and other transport issues in the district.”