Continuing Dublin Airport Parking Levels will worsen M50 Traffic Congestion

15th June 2018
Press Release

An Taisce has made a submission [1] on a current application to An Bord Pleanála by the Dublin Airport Authority for the continuation of 10,880 Long Term Car Parking Places at Dublin Airport.

In its submission An Taisce has outlined that proposal contravenes:

  1. Department of Transport's ‘Smarter Travel: A Sustainable Transport Future: A New Transport Policy for Ireland 2009-2020’ and other Government polices to reduce the climate and pollution impact of traffic and reduce congestion

  2. The Fingal County Development Plan which requires action to: “Control the supply of car parking at the airport so as to maximise as far as practical the use of public transport by users and passengers and to secure the efficient use of land”

In addition An Taisce Advocacy Office Ian Lumley has stated that:

“the proposal would perpetuate current unsustainable levels of traffic on the increasingly congested M50, and connecting road network, and reinforces unsustainable car use and dependence to and from Dublin Airport”

In its recommendation to refuse the proposal An Taisce has outlines range of actions:

  1. Immediate targeted special bus provision to the Airport, to replace significant levels of current car access as the date of initiation and completion of Metro North remains uncertain

  2. Putting in place long overdue demand management measure in the M50 Catchment and for airport access roads, with road space use pricing with higher charging at peak hours,

  3. Major reduction of car parking at Dublin Airport and increased parking charging to be used to fund public transport

For further information, contact:
Ian Lumley, An Taisce Advocacy Officer: +353 1 454 1786
Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications, An Taisce. Tel: +353 87 241 1995
email: publicaffairs@antaisce.org
An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland
www.antaisce.org

Notes

  1. An Taisce's submission https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yW8-kAExgKfPWiORUE9TR5PyM7qgFy5G/view?usp=sharing

About An Taisce

An Taisce is a charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland's natural and built heritage. We are an independent charitable voice for the environment and for heritage issues. We are not a government body, semi-state or agency. Founded in 1948, we are one of Ireland’s oldest and largest environmental organisations.