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February 26, 2008

Kildare commuters urged to take part in National Consultation on Transport and Travel


Aine Brady at Sallins train station Kildare commuters have been urged to participate in a public consultation on transport by local Fianna Fail T.D. and Convenor of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Áine Brady.

“A public consultation has been launched by the Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey that seeks views on how to reduce traffic congestion, alternative means of travelling such as walking and cycling as well as how to increase use of public transport.”

“The views of Kildare residents will then be included in a sustainable transport action plan that will be published later this year.”

“Kildare commuters will be best placed to tell us what measures they think will decrease congestion and make their daily journeys faster.”

“The Minister has already said that he is committed to providing the necessary support to enhance alternative means of travelling like walking and cycling. We are also keen to increase usage of public transport and need to know what would encourage commuters to use the train or bus.”

 “Spending lengthy time in traffic jams has a negative effect on family life and free time causing stress for commuters. It will be necessary to change our travel behaviour and this Government is committed to assisting people in this.”

“Those who participate in the survey will be asked about their views on how existing commuting patterns be tackled, how can existing public transport be expanded and improved for customers and what key steps needed to encourage more people to walk or cycle?”

“People can participate in the survey on the website, or get a copy by telephoning the lo-call number 1890 252 754 or by writing  to Sustainable Transport Division, Department of Transport, Transport House, 44 Kildare Street, Dublin 2,” concluded Deputy Brady.