Data shows need for radical rethink of transport policy, says Green Party
Dublin has been ranked as one of the most congested cities in the world, and the most congested city in western Europe, in the annual survey of traffic data from technology company TomTom.
The TomTom Traffic Index for 2019 lists Dublin as the 17th most congested city globally, out of the 416 cities in 57 countries that were assessed. Dublin had a 3% increase in congestion compared to last year, to a level of 48% (the global average level cited is 29%).
The report highlights the terrible effects such traffic can have on lowering productivity and fuel use, including up to 213 hours (or 8 days and 21 hours) wasted sitting in traffic at peak times per year.
Today, the Green Party launched its Transport Policy, which laid out its vision of an alternative transport future, one marked instead by incentivising public transport, walking, cycling and other ways of getting around in both urban and rural environments.
Green Party Dublin South Central candidate and Dublin City Councillor Patrick Costello had this to say about the results:
“We’ve seen that the terrible traffic situation in Ireland’s capital is getting worse, not better. We’ve had a transport minister for the past three years with no interest in doing anything about it, bar building more roads. What’s needed is a radical rebalancing of priorities, towards supporting lots of different ways of getting about the city, to rewarding and making safe and affordable cycling, walking, public transport and other options that will help people get off our roads when they can.”
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