Calls for bus lanes to be introduced on motorways and national roads

There are calls to make more space for buses on motorways and national roads.

Fine Gael Senator Anthony Lawlor wants the National Transport Authority to copy the layout used on the M1 to Belfast.

He is hoping to get a park-and-ride facility set up for commuters using the M7.

Green Party Transport Spokesperson Ciaran Cuffe says something has to be done to ease traffic congestion.

"I think we need to invest a lot more in public transport, I think giving up a bit of space for buses on our motorways is a good thing," said Mr Cuffe.

I think we should look at providing decent bus services on the M50 and perhaps giving up a lane for that as well as on the approaches, particularly on the national roads.

Meanwhile, residents on the south side of Dublin say the Bus Connects plan will 'destroy' local communities.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is in the process of rolling out 16 new routes across the city.

Last night residents from Rathfarham, Rathgar and Terenure along with local councillors attended a meeting hosted by the NTA to discuss the Bus Connects plan.

The Herald reports that 'strong opposition' was expressed against the proposals.

Some of the key concerns raised by locals was a lack of information made available as well as a 'short deadline' for people to make submissions.

One resident described the process as low spirited and sneaky.

The NTA said the organisation was open to suggestions from the community and the submission deadline of March 29 could be extended.

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