Fine Gael TD for Dublin North, Alan Farrell has in relation to the significance of today’s (Thursday) Capital Investment Programme on the people of Dublin North.
“I am pleased to see that the investments being made in the Department of Transport have singled out Dublin North as an area where improvements are needed and can be delivered.
“I am looking forward to engaging with Minister Varadkar with regards to funding allocated for the Swords/Dublin Airport bus corridor to discuss improvement opportunities and timely delivery.
“Many would agree that funding for transport infrastructure in Dublin North has fallen short of other regions in the capital for that reason investment is being made to improvement of existing bus corridors on the Swords/Dublin Airport corridor.
“Passenger safety and maintenance of works is above all the main priority. I am pleased to see that funds for maintenance are being used to replace the
Dublin Bus fleet to ensure passenger safety and comfort, along with €100 million investment in the Railway Safety Programme. This is an excellent investment both locally and nationally, as the fund will include the replacement of the Bus Eireann fleet.
“Dublin North will also be allocated funds for smarter travel, including walkways and cycle lanes which will improve local travel and community transport. This opens up the opportunity for projects such as the proposed Broadmeadow Estuary walkway to be revisited, which will include a footbridge along the viaduct.
“Unfortunately the plans for Metro North are momentarily unfeasible due to the economic circumstances that we have inherited from Fianna Fail. However it is vital that we ensure our public finances can be restored to allow these projects to emerge in the not too distant future.
“I am glad to see that the Minister has continued to invest in smaller scale projects that will significantly improve the transport infrastructure of Dublin North.”