PAC Meeting | Jan 24, 2013
RE: National Transport Authority
Deputy John Deasy (extract):
I feel I am in some kind of rural-urban thing. We are spending €9 million on a rural transport system. We spent €200 million on an urban transport project that may never materialise... All one needs to do is take those two figures to put everything in context. I am reminded of the debate on blood alcohol limits.
When a public representative from an urban area of my constituency was asked what people who lived in rural areas were going to do as a result of the reduction in the blood alcohol limit he suggested that they could take taxis. That sums up the lack of knowledge that exists about rural areas and the lack of transport links.
>> Read John's contributions and questions during this debate in full here: (pages 19-21)
Chopping a public transport service for a major conurbation like Waterford in the end completely disadvantages it. The challenge we face is that we have the short-term issue of the costs and maintaining the companies' ability to run services, and then there is the question of what we want to do for Waterford.
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