Local TD and Fianna Fail Dublin spokesperson John Lahart said it was time City councillors made a decision about plans for a Liffey cycle lane after progress was again halted on the project.
The cycle lane plan has been beset with problems with locals, councillors and various other interested parties unable to agree on how the project should proceed with 15 different proposals so far all failing.
Now the National Transport Authority says it won’t fund the project until an independent review of all the proposals is carried out, a decision that hasn’t gone down well with many Dublin City Councillors.
Deputy Lahart says it’s now time for the councillors to make a decision on the project.
“In recent years, significant progress has been made to encourage more and more people to leave their cars at home and to cycle as a healthy, efficient and environmentally friendly alternative,” he said.
“I imagine that there are very many cyclists disappointed to hear the announcement.
“It’s entirely understandable why the National Transport Authority were given little more option than to pull funding. My primary concern is the real danger that the funding could now be allocated to a non-Dublin, non-cycling project.”
“Investment in cycling infrastructure remains chronically inadequate.
“I have written to the NTA to request that they continue to earmark that funding while Dublin City Council makes moves to reach agreement.”