Dubliners deserve better than Bus Connects!! Planner Ruadhan argues that this plan bears all the hallmarks of the failed 'megaprojects' that have come before, and that Dubliners prefer trams to buses: https://t.co/t22VNTx2Cj
— CassandraVoices (@VoicesCassandra) July 22, 2019
The real issue is that, if realised, BusConnects will make permanent space for private motor cars. This would be achieved at the cost of the city’s built heritage and green infrastructure – including thousands of road side and privately owned trees.
As such, this element appears to contravene both the Dublin City Development Plan and the EU Habitats Directive.
Thus, Objective GIO27 commits:
‘To protect trees, hedgerows or groups of trees which function as wildlife corridors or ‘stepping stones’ in accordance with Article 10 of the EU Habitats Directive.’
While Policy SC15 seeks:
‘To recognise and promote green infrastructure and landscape as an integral part of the form and structure of the city, including streets and public spaces.’
And Policy SC12 aims:
‘To ensure that development within or affecting Dublin’s villages protects their character.’
It is noted that at a public meeting earlier this year in the Clayton Hotel off Leeson Street, on behalf of the National Transport Agency (NTA), Hugh Cregan, stated that plans have not yet been prepared for replacement of trees.
Given the massive scope of the scheme, it seems essential to provide plans for what will occur after the initial destructive phase – otherwise, the plan is missing key elements, and is premature.
Road-widening schemes for Dublin during the 1970s and 1980s were not a solution to our transport ills then – and do not provide one now.[More at link below]
Top pic: Rollingnews
That's a very misleading article, which shows real ignorance about the value of Dart Underground (for example). Buses provide the vast bulk of the city's public transport services and do not deserve to be denigrated in this way.
— Frank McDonald (@frankmcdonald60) July 22, 2019