House­holds in richer ar­eas to get pre­mium for lost gar­dens – Ross

Irish Independent - - News - John Down­ing Po­lit­i­cal Cor­re­spon­dent

COM­PEN­SA­TION for por­tions of gar­dens lost to new bus cor­ri­dors will be linked to prop­erty val­ues, Transport Min­is­ter Shane Ross has con­firmed.

It means that home own­ers in af­flu­ent parts of south Dublin, where prop­erty prices are high, can ex­pect a pre­mium to be paid if some of their land is com­pul­sory-pur­chased for Bus Con­nects.

Mr Ross (in­set) strongly de­fended plans for ma­jor bus cor­ri­dors in and out of Dublin and pledged com­pen­sa­tion for gar­dens lost to the pro­ject.

Mr Ross said houses in ar­eas of south Dublin, which are close to his own po­lit­i­cal base, may lose most. But he in­sisted that in such cases com­pen­sa­tion, tied to prop­erty val­ues, would re­flect these losses.

The plans, sig­nalled by the Na­tional Transport Au­thor­ity (NTA) this week, will take up to 10 years to de­liver. Mr Ross said the NTA would in Oc­to­ber de­tail the spe­cific houses likely to be af­fected and ne­go­ti­a­tions would be un­der­taken with house­hold­ers. He told RTÉ’s Seán O’Rourke show that the 16 ra­dial bus routes had the po­ten­tial to rev­o­lu­tionise com­muter travel. The plan could halve travel times to and from work, and also at­tract peo­ple to cy­cle more in Dublin. This would mean tack­ling pol­lu­tion and cli­mate change at the same time as eas­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion. He ac­knowl­edged that some houses would lose gar­dens, which was re­gret­table.

“It’s not a com­pletely sat­is­fac­tory sit­u­a­tion – of course it is not. But there’s got to be space made by tak­ing space off peo­ple’s gar­dens for the pub­lic good,” the Transport Min­is­ter said.

Mr Ross said there would be par­tic­u­lar “pinch points” in south Dublin, around places such as Rath­mines and Tem­pleogue.

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