LETTER TO CLERK TO JOINT COMMITTEE FROM THE ROYAL IRISH AUTOMOBILE CLUB
I wish to acknowledge your letter dated 2nd April, 1979 regarding your examination of the organisation and operation of Córas Iompair Éireann.
1. I wish to state that this motoring organisation has already made a submission to the Transport Consultative Commission on 5th March, 1979 in which we drew attention to some of Dublin’s traffic problems.
2. In brief, among other findings, we drew attention to the inadequate service provided by CIE both buses and trains which encouraged so many people to drive their cars into the city.
3. Not alone is the frequency and capacity of the public transport service inadequate, but the fare structure encourages people to drive their private cars to work.
4. The cleanliness and maintenance of CIE public transport service leaves a lot to be desired.
5. We suggested the provision of express bus services to outlying districts with only three or four stops, and that existing bus turn around points be extended to the outer suburbs and not confined to historic tramway termini.
6. Some members of the committee expressed the opinion that the competition of private enterprise might be in the best interests of the public.
I hope that these comments might be of some use to your committee.
D. J. HEALY,
11 April, 1979