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17th October 2018 | Press Releases, Transport

Greens Express Dismay at Bord Pleanála Decision to Refuse College Green Plaza

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Pedestrians and Cyclists are Being Ignored as Dublin is Slowly Strangled by Traffic

The Green Party have expressed deep disappointment today over the decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse permission to Dublin City Council for their plan to develop College Green into a pedestrian plaza.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: “We are dismayed by An Bord Pleanála’s decision not to allow the College Green Plaza to proceed. Cyclists and Pedestrians are being ignored as Dublin is slowly but surely strangled by traffic.”

Green Party Spokesperson for Transport and Cities, Cllr Ciarán Cuffe: “An Bord Pleanála has ruled against the plan because it says it would effect bus traffic, but the National Transport Authority has said their new Bus Connects project would make sure the bus system could radically improve without the need to run every bus through College Green. We still desperately need more car-free child-friendly spaces in Dublin City.”

Cllr Claire Byrne: “What is happening in Dublin goes against the positive new planning approach that other cities are taking. It also goes against our own City Development Plan and transport hierarchy. The best cities are now taking out traffic to create civic spaces where the pedestrian and the cyclist are king. We are still going in the opposite direction and that direction is backwards.”

Cllr Patrick Costello: “The failure to get this through is symbolic of the wider problem in our transport system. There is not a single public transport project in construction at the moment. Other than the Royal Canal Cycle route there is not a single other cycling project under construction. The opportunity to turn Dublin into a cycling city is being ignored by Shane Ross and Fine Gael. Today’s decision has to be a turning point. Our political priorities in transport have to change.”