BY JOHN PATRICK KIERANS
Fifteen new DublinBike stations are being built across Dublin and will provide transport for DIT Grangegorman students.
Construction began on the new stations in January and three of these are located in Grangegorman.
“This is good news for Dublin, and for the tens of thousands of DublinBike users who have been seeking more stations in the city,” said Green Party Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, Chair of the Council’s Transportation Committee.
“It means that hundreds of Dublin Institute of Technology students at Grangegorman will now have three Dublin Bike stations on their doorstep,” he added.
The remaining twelve stops will be situated on Rathdown Road, Charleville Road, Phibsborough Road, George’s Lane, Western Way, Avondale Road, North Circular Road, Mountjoy Square, Killarney Street, Merrion Square South, and Wilton Terrace, with two on Buckingham Street.
Neasa Hourigan, Green Party Dáil candidate in Dublin Central said: “I am pleased with the news, but we now need to extend the scheme up through Stoneybatter and into Cabra.
“The DublinBikes scheme has been a wonderful new amenity, but it has been held back by the drip feed of funding from the Minister for Transport Shane Ross TD and the National Transport Authority.
“Since DublinBikes were launched in 2009 they have been an extraordinary success, but the roll-out has been delayed due to lack of funding. We are only at phase two of a fourteen phase scheme that was due to be completed two years ago.”
She added: “Areas like Cabra and Drumcondra should not be waiting years for a scheme that has proved its worth and costs a fraction of the money it takes to maintain our motorway network.
“I am calling on Minister Ross to release funding of €30m per year so that all phases of the scheme can be rolled out over the next three years.
“This would be a tangible investment in sustainable transport that would benefit residents, and visitors to Dublin.”