Green Party welcomes 30km/h Calmer Communities

The Green Party has welcomed the roll-out of further 30 km/h zones in residential areas in Dublin City from midnight on Tuesday 30th May 2017.

New 30 km/h speed limits will be introduced in Sandymount, Crumlin, Drimnagh, Raheny, Artane, Donaghmede, Drumcondra, Glasnevin and Phibsborough. In most cases the new speed limits do not apply on arterial roads, but are being introduced on predominantly residential roads and streets.

The chair of Dublin City Council’s Transportation Committee Councillor Ciarán Cuffe said: “This will create calmer communities where children will be safer walking and cycling to and from school and the shops. The changes will also help older people who are often afraid to walk due to fears of speeding traffic. This initiative will encourage people of all ages to walk and cycle, and get more exercise.

“This initiative follows the lead set by other cities around Europe such as Edinburgh, London and Copenhagen that have already introduced area-wide speed reductions. The evidence from these cities shows that 30 km/h zones work and help create calmer communities for all.”
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Cuffe welcomes BusConnects initiative

The Green Party has welcomed the announcement that the National Transport Authority is carrying out a review of bus services in Dublin. However, it said more needs to be done to connect buses with other modes of transport.

The Green Party Transport spokesperson Councillor Ciarán Cuffe said: “The BusConnects initiative is a step in the right direction, but what we really need is an integrated transport network. That means making it easier to transfer from one bus to another, and also to transfer between Luas, DART and commuter rail. Seamless connectivity is the key, and is needed between all forms of transport.

“This review promises a better bus service, but fails to provide funding for an increase in Dublin’s bus fleet. We need more buses and lower fares to tackle congestion on our roads. Dublin’s fares are higher than many similar cities elsewhere Europe, and many buses are overcrowded during peak periods.

“The announcement of low-emission vehicles is welcome, but is clear than no final decision has been made on this. Minister Ross has an opportunity to provide leadership in rolling out all-electric and hybrid vehicles.

“Ultimately Minister Ross must provide the funding to deliver on the changes proposed today. Without a strong voice at cabinet, it risks gathering dust once completed.”

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Page published and last updated 29th May 2017

Green Party welcome College Green plans

The Green Party has welcomed the unveiling of plans for College Green in Dublin City Centre. The plans for a car-free plaza with a central fountain were published by Dublin City Council this morning.

Cllr. Ciaran Cuffe, chair of the Council’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee said: “These plans will restore College Green as the city’s living room. This civic plaza with new trees, seating and a fountain will be attractive for young and old. I am pleased that careful consideration has been given to the needs of all users. The principles of Universal Design will help ensure that people of all ages and abilities can comfortably use the plaza and surroundings.

“For too long motorised traffic has dominated the city centre. This design is all about giving College Green back to the citizens of Dublin, as well as attracting visitors from home and abroad. I have no doubt that it will become a place for celebrations and protest, and will become once more a civic heart for the city.

“Over time I hope that the former Parliament House now occupied by the Bank of Ireland will become a civic building, and I believe the Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys TD should reopen this discussion with the bank itself, but that is a matter for another day.

“The plans will be submitted to An Bord Pleanala later this month, and will allow for six weeks of public consultation. If they approve the plans, we are hopeful that construction can commence early next year.”

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Issued 8th May 2017, page last updated 12th May 2017