Opposition is growing against a scheme to charge drivers of cars when dropping off and picking up passengers at Dublin Airport.
His proposals, published this week, are “too early” in the absence of viable public transport alternatives, it has been claimed. An online petition against the allegations has also been set up.
The latest revised timelines for Metrolink, the long-planned €3 billion airport rail link, suggest the project will not be completed “until 2035 at the earliest”.
Fingal County Council has now granted permission to the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to alter the internal road layout and install new toll infrastructure for toll zones at T1 and T2. The previous planning application for the proposal was denied.
The new system will be based on Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, with charges determined by the amount of time spent in the drop-off area.
The DAA says the new fee will be part of a sustainability drive, designed to reduce car journeys and encourage greater use of public transport.
The airport planning consultants believe that this plan will bring more efficiency to the exit and access arrangements at both terminals.
The DAA says the free pick-up and drop-off option will continue to be available in the Express Red long-term parking lot following the introduction of new paid zones. Work on the program is not expected to begin until the second half of this year.
However, Duncan Smith, a spokesman for the Labor Department for Transport, said the timing of the new charges was “wrong”.
“They see them as a sustainable measure despite the fact that we don’t have the public transport infrastructure to get most people to and from the airport,” he said.
“I have repeatedly asked the Government to stop throwing stones at MetroLink for this reason. MetroLink is the largest sustainable mobility project to connect people to Dublin Airport.
“It not only helps reduce traffic at peak times in and out of the airport, but also helps tourists, residents and passengers get in and out of the city quickly, cheaply and sustainably.”
Councilmember Ann Graves (SF) declared the DAA’s proposal “too early in the absence of viable public transport alternatives”.
“This has nothing to do with sustainable tourism or reducing car journeys to the airport,” she said. “It’s simply another fee – let’s just call it what it is.
“The reality is that we don’t have a public transport system to allow people to travel easily to and from Dublin Airport. MetroLink, already started up again, will come in handy.
“In the meantime, the DAA is imposing fees on already demanding commuters and commuters. Pushing another fee under the guise of sustainability is not the way forward.”
Organizers of an online petition, set up to protest the new charges, described Dublin Airport as “very difficult to access” and said some areas did not have transport options. public communication.
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