Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD has said that progress on improving Dublin City Centre’s traffic chaos is as far away as ever following the decision of An Bord Pleanála to refuse planning permission for the proposed civic plaza at College Green.
Deputy Robert Troy commented “From the get go, I have been very critical of the entire approach to this plaza, which has been highly chaotic at the best of times.
“Part of the reason why, I believe, that An Bord Pleanála refused permission stems from the Government’s utter failure to address the ongoing traffic issues in Dublin City Centre.
“Chronic traffic jams in and around the College Green and along the city’s quays added to this rejection. An Bord Pleanála repeatedly pointed out the ‘unresolved capacity issues’ in these core zones of the city.
“Minister Ross and the Government must demonstrate a far greater level of ambition when it comes to making Dublin a better place to live and work in.
“There was a very poor level of coordination and cooperation between the agencies dealing with the proposed College Green Plaza: the National Transport Authority, Dublin Bus and Dublin City Council.
“Major projects like this must be delivered more efficiently. Fianna Fáil has long called for the establishment of a Dublin Transport Authority to coordinate major infrastructure projects in the city and ensure on-time, efficient delivery.
“We are now back to the drawing board leaving Dublin commuters wondering when will moving through and around our city centre get any easier,” concluded Troy.