We need action on traffic congestion on the country’s main roads

Senator Mark Wall
07 December 2023
  • Call for emergency vehicles to be on standby during rush hour

Senator Mark Wall, speaking in the Seanad today, addressed the critical need for an emergency vehicle to be on standby during rush hour along the primary arteries into Dublin. Specifically, he highlighted the chronic congestion on the N7 road, which resembles a car park each morning due to minor accidents causing substantial disruptions, preventing commuters from reaching their destinations. These delays, often lasting up to two hours, are significantly impacting the ability of citizens to attend work or crucial medical appointments.

Senator Wall said:

“The situation on the N7 road during rush hour has become untenable. Daily traffic jams and minor accidents transform this crucial artery into a virtual standstill, causing immense frustration and delays for countless commuters. The repercussions are not merely inconvenience; they affect people’s livelihoods, their access to work, and, in some cases, critically necessary medical care. This cannot persist unchecked; urgent action is imperative.

“Workers are unable to reach their workplaces on time, individuals are delayed for hospital appointments caused by these preventable traffic snarls.

“I implore the relevant authorities to deploy an emergency vehicle on standby during working hours along the main arteries leading into Dublin City Centre, especially the N7 road. This measure will ensure swift clearance of minor accidents and enable the smooth flow of traffic during rush hour, preventing extensive delays and minimising disruptions for commuters and those in urgent need of medical care.”

The call was supported by the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad Senator Jerry Buttimer, who outlined his frustration trying to get into Seanad Eireann for a number of recent meetings and the signficant delays he had experienced.

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