There have been requests for more public transport over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend to help people get home quickly and safely.
Fine Gael TD, Neale Richmond has written to Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan and CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham, asking for the hours of public transport services in Dublin to be extended over the Thursday March 17 long weekend for Luas and Dublin Buses.
Dublin Rathdown TD told Dublin Live: “St Patrick’s Day is always one of the busiest days of the year in terms of late-night revelry.
“We haven’t had a Saint Patrick’s Day in two years, so it’s going to be even bigger this year and it’s going to be a double holiday.
“But one of the biggest problems we’ve seen in recent weeks and months is the problem of night transport. A lot of people have exited the taxi industry during the pandemic or they’re not in it completely. returned, there is a shortage of taxis in the city center.
“The Nitelink has just resumed and the Luas is shutting down at its usual time. We are in a situation where more people are going to pubs, restaurants and theaters as before, but transport levels are slowly coming back. »
Mr Richmond fears that people will not be able to return home over the March bank holiday weekend because walking home “isn’t realistic” in some situations.
He added: ‘My main concern is that over a two week holiday, a four day weekend, we won’t have adequate public transport and so many people will be particularly stranded in Dublin city centre.
“I know people who have waited up to an hour and 15 minutes for taxis in the city center after midnight on a Saturday, this is not a place you want to hang around too long or the prospect of having to walk from the town in Sandyford or the other side of Malahide, that’s not realistic either.
The Richmond deputy expects St. Patrick’s Day weekend to be particularly busy after it was canceled for the past two years due to the Covid pandemic.
He calls for the Luas opening hours to be extended to 3.30am as previously done for Christmas and New Years, as well as having an extended timetable for the Dublin bus service for areas that do not are not served by the Luas.
He continued: “It’s much safer, on Christmas before the pandemic the midnight Luas was always blocked and people were enjoying it.
“It was an easy, quick and safe way to get home from downtown. Especially when there was so much pressure on taxis, it’s a no-brainer.
“We know that in a few weeks we will have a big public holiday and this is the first big one since the start of the pandemic. We need to make sure people get home safely and quickly.
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