Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone said today (Thursday) that Operation Freeflow should be restored in Dublin as a matter of urgency.
“As the economy recovers, traffic in Dublin is picking up again. Everybody I have met has noticed it and tailbacks, particularly in the city centre, are getting worse in the evenings. As the evenings get shorter and Christmas gets closer, this is going to worsen, so I believe it is now time for a return of Operation Freeflow”.
“Operation Freeflow was cancelled as a consequence of pressure on Garda resources. However, with a €40 million increase in the current Garda budget allocation and 200 new Garda recruits about to enter training, I think this rationale no longer applies. Dublin needs the urgent return of Operation Freeflow, and I am call for it to be reinstated”.
“While I know Operation Artery – effectively ‘Freeflow Lite’ – still takes place, I believe the recruitment of Gardai, the recovery of the economy, the resulting pick-up in traffic and the number of cars in the city means that we should now be reinstating the Operation Freeflow, following a four year absence”.