Transport Plan a Major Problem for Wicklow

Hugh Creegan, Deputy CEO of the National Transport Authority met Wicklow County Council on Monday and explained and defended their Strategy to 2035 which the Council has criticised.

Apart from a commitment to improve the N11 and bring the LUAS to Central Bray the plan will cause major problems.

The plan to provide more DART’s to Greystones is very vague and a shuttle from there to South Wicklow even vaguer. The NTA explained that they intend to study this in more detail in 12 months. Cllr Derek Mitchell said ‘I have submitted a detailed plan to improve the DART but this was ignored and the suggestion that the direct diesels from Arklow could be replaced by a shuttle is not acceptable. A shuttle from Bray to Greystones was tried before and didn’t work. Instead the direct rush hour diesel should be increased from 4 to 8 carriages as people are standing from Wicklow Town and this could be supplemented by a shuttle’.

The NTA plan cancels the previously planned LUAS to Fassaroe where a major expansion was planned. The NTA plans a bus system and this threatens a major part of the County Development Plan and will place more cars on the overcrowded N11.

‘There also needs to be more emphasis on providing better busses, especially express services. I counted the number of rush hour passengers from Greystones and it came to more than the NTA was projecting for 2035 which seems strange. The plan should be called a Co. Dublin Plan rather than a greater Dublin Plan as it has largely ignored Wicklow and Meath’

Minister Simon Harris is hoping to arrange a delegation to meet the Minister for Transport to discuss these issues.

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