Ireland considers road charging

The Irish government has said that it will delay introducing congestion charges in Dublin and road-pricing fees for the use of main roads until the country's transport network has been upgraded.

Speaking at the launch of The Sustainable Transport and Travel consultation document, Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey said that charges for road use should not be implemented until Transport 21 plans are completed.

In addition, Mr Dempsey said that it was important the public and businesses made their opinions about proposed schemes to reduce road use clear.

According to the Irish Times, he explained: “I’m ready to listen. I know that the public have ideas on how we can free up our cities from traffic congestion.

“They have ideas on how we can give people back precious time lost each day while we commute.”

Mr Dempsey is reported to have added that he will be revealing a comprehensive plan to try to reduce Ireland’s dependency on cars.

“First I want to hear what people have to say. I am committed to providing the necessary support to enhance alternative ways of travelling such as walking, cycling and increased use of public transport,” he is reported to have said.

“Change is coming and I want as many people as possible to have a say in it.”

James Cooper

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