17th December 2019
Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle has welcomed the proposals from Wicklow Town Team to improve public transport between Dublin and the south east and has emphasised the need to explore all possibilities which will help to alleviate the daily congestion issues in and out of the city for Wicklow commuters.
“At a recent meeting between the NTA and the Wicklow Town Team and Wicklow Co. Council officials, options to improve public transport between Dublin and the south east were discussed with the Town Team providing their suggestions of providing a Park and Ride facility to serve Wicklow town, Rathnew, Ashford, Glenealy and Rathdrum.
“The Wicklow Town Team by securing the existing Park and Ride at the Beehive have helped daily commuters and continue to highlight related issues with the emphasis now to possibly expand further Park and Ride services with a bus corridor along the N11 route. Park and Ride provides the obvious benefits of attracting more commuters to use public transport, reduces car volumes, is environmentally friendly and reduces commuter times.
“To be effective, and for these transport options to work with existing commuter levels, there needs to be a bus corridor and express bus service to allow the buses not get caught up in the commuter traffic. Creative thinking is needed in this regard and significantly in the context of the current considerations about improving the traffic flow along the N11.
“The N11 Improvement Scheme is hugely important. It is currently at a crucial stage in terms of design and will hopefully deliver a significant and satisfactory improvement in traffic flow on this busy route.
“I am hopeful in the meantime and in the shorter term that some solutions will derive such as Park and Ride facilities located along the N11 and that the meeting with the NTA has facilitated positive and constructive engagement and will result in some tangible suggestions towards improving the transport experience for commuters.”