NTA to hold information events on BusConnects routes
The National Transport Authority is holding six information events in the city in the coming weeks to answer questions about the proposed BusConnects routes.
It comes as locals along the proposed route between Grange and Douglas raise concerns about the potential loss of part of their properties to allow the road to be widened.
Communities on Harbour View Road in Knocknahenny have also vowed to resist attempts to purchase parts of their front gardens.
The NTA says around 990 homes along the 12 proposed routes will be impacted by Compulsory Purchase Orders.
In a statement to RedFM News, the NTA says they are encouraging people to look at similar corridors in Dublin that were changed significantly to reflect the concerns of locals.
Speaking to RedFM News, Cllr Kieran McCarthy is calling for the NTA to explore options other than purchase orders:
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m for the improvement to public transport.
“But if you’re demolishing or you are compulsory purchase ordering the taking of over 100 properties to lessen the bus time for 10 minutes? I think that’s the way out of scale.
“Yes, public transport as a climate action paradigm is really, really important but not at the expense of actually taking away 9 or 10 other climate action paradigms, whether that’s biodiversity and tree corridors or health and well being, there has to be a better balance than what actually has been published and what is out in the public realm at this moment in time.”