atest press release from Jennifer Whitmore TD, issued on Monday, July 19th 2021…
Social Democrats TD for Wicklow Jennifer Whitmore has said she is disappointed that Government has refused to fund a local transport bus route to help to bring people to and from Wicklow beaches to address ongoing traffic concerns in these areas.
“With the good spell of weather in combination with the lifting of Covid restrictions, beaches such as Brittas Bay and Maghermore are experiencing huge traffic problems.
“I am deeply frustrated that my calls for a coastal Local Link bus to transport people north and south of Wicklow Town to various beaches in Wicklow was turned down despite the cost associated with Garda traffic management, towing and the danger involved when emergency vehicles cannot pass. Surely, a better way to address the costly management of this situation every time there’s good weather is if the Government proactively dealt with this with some joined up thinking.
“I’ve been writing to the NTA for a number of years outlining the social, environmental and cost benefits to this proposal but to no avail. Instead, it will be up to a private operator who is interested in providing a coastal service to bring people to and from popular beaches in Wicklow. I hope that anyone who is interested will pursue this and see this as a real opportunity not just for business but for the area as well so that we can all enjoy our wonderful amenities in a sustainable way.
“It would make sense to invest in public transport to reduce the number of cars parking in this area and trying to navigate the small roads leading to the beaches, causing so much disruption on the weekends which no doubt is also causing hardship for locals too.
“I will continue to call on the Minister for Transport to provide funding for these kinds of local initiatives which make sense for many different reasons,” concludes Whitmore.
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