[Sinn Fein]

16th July 1999

Sinn Fein increasingly worried over traffic problems

Tallaght Sinn Fein councillor, Seán Crowe has called for action on Dublin's increasing traffic problems. Welcoming the report by the Enviroment Protection Agency , which highlighted the issue of alternative modes of transport Crowe has called on the Government to invest more in bus and rail.

Cllr Seán Crowe said:

``The huge increased numbers of drivers using our roads have already exceeded those projected for 2001.

``Dublin is unique among European Cities. Bus Atha Cliath received the lowest level of government subsidies compared to any other E.U. capital city. The city authorities must act together with the Dublin government to ensure that our public transport systems are adequately funded and that future transport initiatives favour public bus and rail services over private car owners.

``Surely its time to look at our public transport and other means of reducing the amount of cars on our roads.Affordable, efficient buses & trains are the obvious alternative to the use of cars. Such transport must be accessible to marginalised , low income groups as well as to the Commuting Work force. In this regard there must be a commitment on the part of government to radically increase the input of resources to our rail & public transport network.''

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