Need To Reduce Delays For Malahide and Swords Commuters

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Local TD, Darragh O’Brien (FF) has said that urgent measures must be introduced to alleviate the significant delays that Dublin Bus users are currently experiencing when travelling from Malahide and Swords. O’Brien, was commenting in light of new figures published this week by the National Transport Authority (NTA) which indicate that commuters travelling from Malahide and Swords are severely affected by delays. O’Brien told the County Leader, “Traffic gridlock remains one of the biggest challenges facing Dublin city and county. The situation has been left to intensify for some time, and commuting through traffic congestion has become a challenging daily routine for many living in the North County commuter belt.

It is disappointing to learn that of the 136 routes that Dublin Bus serves across the city, the Malahide corridor is the worst affected by lengthy delays. It currently takes over 50 per cent longer to travel from both Swords and Malahide at peak times, compared with off peak.” He continued, “These figures are testimony to how little investment has been allocated to improve the standard and performance of our capital’s public bus structure. Measures such as widened bus corridors with segregated cycle lanes must be considered in order to significantly improve the efficiency of our city’s public bus system.”

“In recent years we have seen the downgrading and cancellation of major crucial transport projects in the North County, including Metro North. The North County is in desperate need of investment in our transport network to increase capacity and usability of public transport. This Government must devise a solution that is aimed at relieving the existing strain on bus users, particularly those that travel from the North County. It is an absolute priority that the Government deals with the challenges of a growing and working population that rely on a public bus system,” he concluded.