Bus routes and gardens

 

Sir, – Here in Santry I am getting a bit tired of all the great plans for public transport. A plan for Metro North was announced in 2005 with a possible completion date in 2012. This plan has now been redesigned and renamed Metro Link, with an estimated completion date of 2027.

Four years ago, as a stop gap measure, it was proposed that a “Bus Rapid Transit” system would be built between Swords and the city centre. Now what is essentially the same plan has been reannounced, with a possible completion date sometime in the next decade.

Is it not time to stop the PR exercises and start to do something concrete to relieve the traffic congestion in the city? – Yours, etc,

LOUIS O’FLAHERTY,

Santry,

Dublin 9.

Sir, – Could opposition to the “high-speed” bus route plan, which suggests the loss of frontage for some householders, be described as Nimfy – Not In My Front Yard? – Yours, etc,

PAUL REARDON,

Dublin 9.

Sir, – Surely the better option to widening roads and taking away parts of people’s front gardens is simply to ban cars at peak hours. Given the choice between a free-flowing public transport system or a congested bicycle, bus and car menagerie, I know what I would choose. – Yours, etc,

PHILIP McCABE,

Dundrum,

Dublin 16.

Sir, – You wait ages for a high-speed bus route to come along and then 16 of them arrive together. – Yours, etc,

PAUL DELANEY,

Dalkey,

Co Dublin.

Sir, – If on-street parking in Dublin was eliminated, additional lanes could be made available for traffic. Without parking space available, motorists would be discouraged from bringing vehicles into the city. More traffic lanes and reduced vehicle numbers – two solutions in one? – Yours, etc,

PETER LYNCH,

Knocklyon,

Dublin 16.