Whitmore raises Wicklow’s public transport problems with the Minister

Wicklow TD Jennifer Whitmore has raised ongoing issues with Wicklow public transport networks with the Minister for Transport at a meeting of the Oireachtas Climate Committee.

Speaking with the Minister for Transport during the session on the Climate Action Plan, Whitmore raised issues such as the number of bus journeys being taken and the lack of development in Wicklow public transport.

Speaking after the committee meeting, Deputy Whitmore said: “I have raised the issue of public transport provision in Wicklow with Minister Ryan at committee. The Minister recently stated in his submission to the Climate Action Plan that he believes that the rate of carbon emissions from transport usage has peaked and that the ship is now turning.

However, I am concerned that the government lack an appreciation for the reality on the ground here in Wicklow. For example, according to the latest census data in Wicklow, there are more than fifty thousand commuter journeys a day, yet most of these are taken in private cars.”

Regarding bus provision in Wicklow, Deputy Whitmore said: “People in Wicklow want to take the bus, the local link, and the train, but the biggest challenge for them is access to public transport. Investment in Wicklow’s public transport options has not kept pace with the county’s population growth in recent years.

“The Bus Connects plan for Bray and Greystones was first mooted in 2018. Six years later, the objectives of that plan have yet to be delivered. Regarding the bus services we have running, like the 133 and 84/84X, constituents consistently tell me there is insufficient capacity on those buses to meet demand.

“In West Wicklow, the 65-bus route running now has almost the same capacity as it had 20 years ago, even though there has been big housing development in the area, increasing population.

“That needs to be better in such a densely populated county with high commuter rates. If we want to see more people getting on the rail and bus routes and leaving their cars at home, we must see investment in Wicklow public transport.”

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