Sev­eral trans­port is­sues over the past three weeks

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOGARTY

MEM­BERS of Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict plan to write to the NTA, Ir­ish Rail, Dublin Bus and Go Ahead about nu­mer­ous trans­port is­sues which have emerged in the dis­trict in the last month.

They also plan to in­vite all the county’s TDs to a spe­cial meet­ing this month to help solve prob­lems.

Cllr Derek Mitchell re­quested a sus­pen­sion of stand­ing or­ders to dis­cuss trans­port is­sues, as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

Cllr Mitchell said that there had been changes to the Dart timetable, 84 timetable, smaller 184 buses as they switch to GoA­head, and fewer Dart car­riages, as well as an in­crease to the Dart jour­ney time. ‘We have all been in­un­dated with com­plaints,’ said Cllr Mitchell.

The Cathaoir­leach Ni­cola Law­less had also raised the mat­ter sep­a­rately in a no­tice of mo­tion, which tied in with Cllr Mitchell’s re­quest.

Cllr Mitchell had drafted a let­ter, and he in­vited mem­bers to in­clude fur­ther sub­mis­sions. He also sug­gested in­clud­ing an ap­pen­dix of spe­cific com­plaints.

‘ The NTA has the man­date to im­prove trans­port but it has been made worse,’ said Cllr Mitchell. ‘I am dis­turbed by their at­ti­tude. They don’t seem to ac­cept that they should do some­thing about it or that there are prob­lems,’ he said.

He said that the Dart ser­vice, with a longer jour­ney time and fewer car­riages, has been made worse to give County Dublin and County Kil­dare bet­ter ser­vice.

‘Some­one must have known sin­gle deck buses wouldn’t cope at school times,’ said Cllr Mitchell. ‘Af­ter a cou­ple of days they pro­duced some dou­ble deck­ers. I’m not sure if that has solved that prob­lem.’

He said that the com­pany had said that the in­tro­duc­tion of dou­ble deck­ers was due to ‘in­creased de­mand’ ac­cord­ing to GoA­head, when the ‘de­mand’ had in fact al­ways been at its cur­rent level.

Cllr Tom For­tune said that he is hear­ing that Bus Con­nects, not re­lated to the cur­rent is­sues, may not in fact hap­pen af­ter all.

He said that the changes to the 84 timetable had pro­duced a ‘real mess’ for peo­ple in Kil­coole and New­cas­tle.

He ac­knowl­edged that Dublin Bus had made a change to one of the morn­ing 84 buses, and that had been a help. ‘ They need to put the 7.20 a.m. back on,’ he said.

Cllr For­tune said that he had had a meet­ing with Dublin Bus man­age­ment. He said that they have plans to ad­just the ser­vice over the com­ing weeks and that they had lis­tened.

He said that buses com­ing into Kil­coole and New­cas­tle serv­ing Co­laiste Craobh Ab­hainn had been caus­ing prob­lems for stu­dents, with the new times not fit­ting in with their school day.

‘I have been in­un­dated with com­plaints, as we all have, for the past three weeks, on ev­ery as­pect of trans­port in the dis­trict. Peo­ple end up driv­ing and that is im­pact­ing traf­fic,’ said Cllr Jen­nifer Whit­more.

Cathaoir­leach Ni­cola Law­less said that her views are the same as other mem­bers. She said that hav­ing four car­riages on the Dart is lu­di­crous. She added that there have been nu­mer­ous dis­rup­tions on the line in the past year, ac­knowl­edg­ing that acts of na­ture can’t be planned for. How­ever, she said that Grey­stones pas­sen­gers are pay­ing a much higher fare than oth­ers and not re­ceiv­ing good ser­vice.

Dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tor Myra Porter said that she will ar­range a spe­cial meet­ing in­volv­ing the five Wick­low TDs in the com­ing month.

The 84 bus in Grey­stones.

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