08/11/2019

Labour Propose Free Public Transport For Children In December

Labour Transport spokesperson Senator Kevin Humphreys has called for free fares for children travelling on public transport in Dublin in December.

Senator Humphreys said the move would reduce congestion by encouraging more parents to leave their cars at home as they head into the city.

It follows the summer Leap Cards Kids go Free programme that saw nearly two million trips taken on the Luas in July.

Senator Humphrey said: "Anyone travelling in and out of Dublin City Centre at the moment can attest to the dreadful traffic congestion on the roads, particularly at peak hour.

"This will only get significantly worse next month as people get stuck into their Christmas shopping.

"One way of encouraging parents to leave the car at home would be to instate free fares for children on public transport in Dublin for the month of December.

"This would also help to boost footfall in the city centre, which would of course also benefit local businesses who are competing with online shopping.

"If we add buses and trains to the mix it could make a massive difference in reducing the number of private cars on our roads at one of the busiest times of the year."



(JG/CM)

Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

06 April 2016
Minister Donohoe Welcomes Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has welcomed the publication of a Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area between 2016 – 2035. The National Transport Authority (NTA) unveiled the new plan today, 06 April.
02 December 2019
Man Injured In Shooting In Dublin City
Gardaí have issued an appeal for information following a shooting incident in the North Strand area of Dublin City. At approximately 6.45am on Sunday 01 December, Gardaí were called to a flat on North Strand Road where members of Dublin Fire Brigade were treating a man in his 20s for an apparent gunshot wound.
04 December 2019
Irish Woman To Be Charged Over Terrorist Offence
An Irish citizen arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences has been charged to appear in court. The 38 year-old will appear before a sitting of the District Court, Criminal Courts of Justice today, Wednesday 04 December. It comes after her arrest at Dublin Airport on Sunday following her deportation from Turkey.
16 March 2016
€23m Secured For 121 Sustainable Transport Projects In Greater Dublin Area
Funding of €23 million has been secured for sustainable transport projects in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA). The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, announced the funding, which is being provided by the National Transport Authority under the Sustainable Transport Measures Grants (STMG) Programme for 2016.
04 December 2019
Labour: More Gardaí Required In Dublin
More Gardaí are needed to effectively tackle crime in Dublin, the Labour Party has warned. Senator Kevin Humphreys called for more bodies in the city following the publication of the CSO crime statistics.