The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Mr Shane Ross T.D. today announced his plans to host a round-table discussion on public transport policy. This stakeholder event on 21st May will bring together a wide range of representatives of consumer and passenger interests, public transport operators, policy makers, business, environmental, unions, research institutes, regulators and the academic community have been invited to participate. This event will allow for an exchange of views among interested players and commentators, and it will inform his Department’s work on reviewing public transport policy in line with a Programme for Government commitment.
The Minister said: “I very much look forward to a robust and genuine exchange of views at our round table forum. All delegates will have an opportunity to participate and put forward their suggestions and informed opinions on Ireland’s public transport policy. We want to hear views on what works, what we need to improve and how we can sustainably organise and provide public transport into the future. I hope the discussion will capture the breadth of the challenges ahead. We want this event to generate sound ideas that can help us address these challenges: from meeting diverse passenger needs to alleviating congestion, from achieving sustainable public funding support to tackling climate challenges.”
Note for Editors:
During 2017, the Minister expressed his willingness to meet all relevant stakeholders to discuss public transport policy once industrial relations disputes were resolved. Today’s announcement on having a stakeholder round-table dialogue follows on from that commitment by the Minister