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Louth politicians begin to notice the DTA too

As we pointed out back in April, the proposed Dublin Transport Authority does not cover any part of the County Louth. We noted that it was “conspicuous by it’s absence”.

Apparently Louth’s politicians are even slower on the uptake than their Dublin counterparts, and have only begun to take note of this quite important fact in recent weeks.

As usual the local people, the users of the transport services in question, are being let down by their public representatives.

The ultimate result of this omission will probably be, among other things, the spiking of the proposed DART extension to Drogheda.

Add to this mix the loss to Louth of the strategic planning and funding elements of the DTA, and the you end up with a situation whereby the area to the north of Dublin, which is very definitely in the city’s commuter belt, will be treated as a poor relation to the counties of Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

This could be solved by altering the legislation in include Louth, but according to the government this can’t be done, or if it can be done the legislation will have too be amended at some unspecified future date.

All very strange considering the amount of development growth expected along the Dublin to Belfast corridor.

Unless something is done, the government will be leaving an area close to Dublin for property developers to build lots of houses without any public transport provision. We are as much against the continued sprawl of Dublin into the rest of the country as the next persopn, but the horse has well and truly bolted, and no amount of nailing the stable door closed will stop it.

Louth is part of the greater Dublin area in all but name and is now the home to many, many people who travel in and out of Dublin every day. Unless there is some kind of plan B that will move all their jobs to Louth, the county must be included in the DTA.

2 Responses to “Louth politicians begin to notice the DTA too”

  1. How much would it cost to actually abandon the formation of the DTA?

  2. It may get abandoned anyway, due to all the cuts in what is laughably described as Transport21, history has a habit of repeating itself.

    I don’t think an overarching transport authority is necessarily a bad idea in principle, but whether we can have any faith in this government with respect to managing public transport infrastructure is another thing altogether.

    There is always the risk that instead of dealing with problems in one organisation, they just create another along side it. Case in point – Iarnród Éireann and the RPA.

    One of my worries is that the DTA will simply be doing constant battle with everyone else (including the Department of Transport) to get anything done.

    And of course lets not forget that there is more to Ireland than the Pale – god help the rest of the country if they want anything other than a road, bus (or train if they are lucky) to Dublin!

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