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Figures Show Dublin on One-Way Ticket to Congestion

Feb 16, 2017

Increased investment in the Dublin transport network is required to keep pace with the growing number of people commuting into the city every day, according to Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber was reacting to new figures from the National Transport Authority which show a 9% jump in the number of people travelling into the city centre over the past 5 years.

According to Mary Rose Burke: "The number of people travelling in and out of Dublin city centre is now almost back at peak levels. But while numbers are growing, investment levels remain stagnant. This needs to be addressed urgently. Dublin's public transport infrastructure is at saturation point on a daily basis - at a time when a significant number of growth opportunities are opening up for the city as a result of Brexit and wider economic impetus."

Ms Burke added: "The current congestion problems are due to the significant lack of investment in our transport infrastructure over the past decade. A considerable increase in investment is now required before the city grinds to a halt. As the economy continues to grow, the pressure on our transport network is only going to increase. Currently we're spending around €175m while competitor cities abroad like Manchester and London - cities we're competing with on a daily basis for business and jobs - are spending 2-3-times as much."

The Chamber has warned that increasing congestion is one of the competitiveness factors that will put off companies and staff from coming to Dublin, resulting in jobs and growth being lost to rival cities abroad.

Ms Burke said: "Commute times and ease of getting around are key factors that any company considering bringing jobs to Dublin will look at. The upcoming Mid-Term Review of the Government's Capital Plan must reflect the increased threat of congestion. The Plan must also lay out a timeline for the delivery of the ambitious, integrated, short and long-term solutions that will keep Dublin moving."

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