Busconnects concern must be heard and be heeded says local TD
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.