Deputy Don­nelly calls for bus shel­ters to be in­stalled

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - PICTURES -

THE Fianna Fáil Spokesper­son on Health, Deputy Stephen Don­nelly, has called on the Na­tional Trans­port Author­ity (NTA) to in­stall sev­eral new cov­ered bus shel­ters in the Wick­low area.

The TD for Wick­low and East Car­low has writ­ten to Anne Gra­ham, the CEO of the NTA, to high­light the tough re­al­ity for the res­i­dents of Kilped­der and New­town­moun­tkennedy/ Gar­den Vil­lage when at­tempt­ing to avail of pub­lic trans­port.

Deputy Don­nelly said: ‘Many res­i­dents have ex­pressed se­ri­ous con­cern over the lack of bus shel­ters in these ar­eas. There are a num­ber of bus stops that are very open to the el­e­ments which are now caus­ing a con­sid­er­able hazard due to the ab­sence of any cov­ered shel­ters, es­pe­cially dur­ing the win­ter months.

‘I am es­pe­cially con­cerned that this is caus­ing ma­jor dif­fi­cul­ties for el­derly res­i­dents, who are of­ten par­tic­u­larly de­pen­dent on pub­lic trans­port. It is of­ten their only method of trans­port and when access is re­stricted it can grad­u­ally lead to iso­la­tion.

‘Also, as Ire­land be­comes in­creas­ingly con­scious about the ef­fects of cli­mate change, and the gov­ern­ment seeks to en­cour­ages cit­i­zens to choose pub­lic trans­port over cars where pos­si­ble, it is crucial that we pro­vide the in­fra­struc­ture nec­es­sary for people to avail of it. It is sim­ply not rea­son­able to ex­pect people to bear the brunt of the Ir­ish win­ter on their way to work,’ he con­cluded.

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