1,300 home­own­ers may lose land to new bus route

Irish Examiner - - News - Daniel McCon­nell

Up to 1,300 home­own­ers will know by Oc­to­ber if they are to lose parts of their front gar­dens to deal with Dublin’s con­ges­tion dilemma, says Transport Min­is­ter Shane Ross.

Mr Ross has strongly de­fended Na­tional Transport Au­thor­ity (NTA) plans to cre­ate 16 ra­dial bus routes aimed at halv­ing com­mut­ing times over the next 10 years.

The min­is­ter ac­cepts that some peo­ple will be “very up­set” by what is pro­posed but ar­gued that they will be gen­er­ously com­pen­sated should they be forced to sac­ri­fice part of their prop­erty.

Speak­ing on RTÉ’s To­day with Sean O’Rourke pro­gramme, Mr Ross said the NTA still does not yet have ex­act routes in mind, but will have them af­ter the sum­mer, at which time a much more de­tailed plan will be pub­lished. The min­is­ter said the 1,300 is an ap­prox­i­mate num­ber and more likely to be closer to a max­i­mum.

He did say what is pro­posed is not to­tally sat­is­fac­tory, as peo­ple will be los­ing parts of their land, which will lead to a de­val­u­a­tion of their prop­er­ties.

“How­ever, con­ges­tion in Dublin is crit­i­cal and space will have to be made by tak­ing space off peo­ple’s gar­den,” he said.

Mr Ross ac­knowl­edged that the plan to take peo­ple’s land arises be­cause of pinch points in places such Rath­mines and Tem­pleogue.

He dis­missed con­cerns raised by Conor Faugh­nan of the AA about the scale of the dis­rup­tions dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the new routes.

“I think that is alarmist,” said Mr Ross. “There will be dis­rup­tions, it is go­ing to cause dif­fi­cul­ties in ar­eas. You cant have such a trans­for­ma­tive pro­ject with­out dis­rup­tion, but the long-term ben­e­fit will be worth it.”

He added that the NTA is de­ter­mined that ev­ery house­holder will be spo­ken to. Ev­ery prop­erty has a dif­fer­ent value and some houses will go up due to their prox­im­ity to the new routes and oth­ers will go down be­cause they are los­ing some of their land, he noted.

Pat Davitt, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Auc­tion­eers and Valuers, said the im­pact of the pro­posed re­duc­tion in gar­den size could have a dis­as­trous im­pact on the value of homes.

“The prob­lem is that the pro­posed change may al­ter the com­plete streetscape of the house, which would de­value it,” said Mr Davitt.

He said that up to 25% of the value could be knocked off the value of the house.

Shane Ross: Dublin con­ges­tion must be tack­led.

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