Fianna Fail also opposed making development dependent on better transport.
The Green Party opposed ‘improving the South East rail line’ in the Regional Planning Guidelines. I asked the Minister for Environment to override this and he has now altered the wording to ‘improve’ rail. Now the Green leader Eamonn Ryan says he will shelve upgrade plans for the N11.
In April 2015 I proposed that Rezoning in Wicklow should not take place unless Public Transport and the N11 had been improved. The Green Party & Fianna Fail voted against that as well and with only Fine Gael Councillors in favour this was defeated. Hence the present traffic jams which will get much worse in future.
The Green Party are against everything in Wicklow and will produce chaos. Currently Irish Rail keeps the Wicklow Rail line virtually empty at rush hour. In 2018 I produced a plan to improve Wicklow’s rail & bus services but this will need to be done with Bus Priority measures for Express Busses.