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High-quality public transport the only way to tackle Dublin air pollution problem – Mitchell

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Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Dublin Denise Mitchell TD has said the failure of Government to prioritise public transport and create cycle-friendly cities is contributing to the worsening air pollution in Dublin.

Speaking on Tuesday, Deputy Mitchell said:

“This Environmental Protection Agency warning concerning high levels of nitrogen dioxide polluting the air in Dublin is very concerning. Unfortunately, the high volumes of traffic which are largely responsible for this pollution are the inevitable result of decades of underinvestment in public transport solutions.

“We see all around Dublin new estates and towns which have been built over recent decades, but which lack quality public transport services and thus workers are forced to use personal cars to travel to their jobs. The continued increase in cars on Dublin streets is simply unsustainable.

“If the government is serious about tackling climate change and addressing issues such as air pollution, they need to commit to major capital investment in public transport – as well as making our cities friendlier and more accessible for those who are within walking or cycling distance. Park and Ride facilities at the outskirts of Dublin must also be expanded.

“The Government also needs to end its repeated moves towards privatisation of our bus networks. It is abundantly clear that accessible, efficient, high frequency and low-cost public transport is the only way to end the reliance on private cars.”

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