Bus­con­nects con­cern must be heard and be heeded says lo­cal TD

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

NOW that thou­sands of sub­mis­sions have gone from con­cerned Fin­gal com­muters to the Na­tional Trans­port Au­thor­ity protest­ing pro­posed changes to Dublin bus routes that would rob many of out towns and vil­lages of their di­rect bus ser­vices to the city, com­muters all over the county will wait and won­der to see if their voices have been heard and heeded in a re­vised plan.

The so-called Bus­con­nects pro­pos­als have caused up­roar across the county in a se­ries of packed pub­lic meet­ings on the hot topic and lo­cal Fianna Fáil TD, Deputy Dar­ragh O’brien, who hosted a num­ber of such meet­ings, in­sists that Fin­gal com­muters must be heard. He has urged the Gov­ern­ment and Na­tional Trans­port Au­thor­ity to take on board the views of those who have made a sub­mis­sion through the pub­lic con­so­la­tion process re­gard­ing the pro­posed Bus­con­nect plan. The Deputy was com­ment­ing ahead of the re­cent dead­line for sub­mis­sions to the Na­tional Trans­port Au­thor­ity on the pro­posed plan of changes to Dublin Bus, Bus­con­nects.

He said, ‘Since July I have met with thou­sands of those af­fected by the pro­posed changes to bus ser­vices in the North County. The de­gree of con­cern can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

‘These are peo­ple who have moved to the county to be able to com­mute to work, are col­lege stu­dents try­ing to man­age liv­ing at home and study­ing in the city or eas­ily ac­cess the city cen­tre and other parts of the Cap­i­tal.’

Deputy O’brien added: ‘The pub­lic trans­port net­work across Fin­gal has been left ter­ri­bly un­der­funded by this Gov­ern­ment. ‘An­nounce­ment af­ter an­nounce­ment on Metro North and ex­ten­sions to DART ser­vices but no ac­tion and then the pub­lic are left with this plan to re­con­fig­ure their al­ready lim­ited bus ser­vices.’

The lo­cal Fianna Fáil TD said: ‘I have no doubt that the NTA have been in­un­dated with thou­sands of sub­mis­sions from res­i­dents in the North County shar­ing their worry and con­cerns for the fu­ture of the fre­quency and con­nec­tiv­ity of their bus route.’

Deputy O’brien con­cluded: ‘It’s vi­tal now that the Gov­ern­ment and the NTA thor­oughly ex­am­ine each of these sub­mis­sions and take them on board.

‘I am go­ing to con­tinue with this cam­paign to en­sure greater in­vest­ment and bet­ter pub­lic trans­port ser­vices for Dublin Fin­gal and the Greater Dublin Area.’ Only time will tell if the NTA were lis­ten­ing to Fin­gal com­muters.

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