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Humphreys welcomes return of Operation Open City

28 November 2019

Statement by Senator Kevin Humphreys
Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Labour spokesperson on Transport, Senator Kevin Humphreys, has welcomed confirmation from An Garda Síochána that Operation Open City will begin in Dublin next week.

Senator Humphreys had previously called for Operation Freeflow to be implemented in the city to deal with traffic gridlock in the run up to Christmas.

Senator Humphreys said:

“Anyone who travels in and out of Dublin City Centre will be pleased to hear that Gardaí will begin Operation Open City from December 2nd as part of efforts to keep traffic moving and reduce congestion over the Christmas season.

“Earlier this month, I proposed that Operation Freeflow be implemented to keep bus lanes and junctions clear.

“I’ve now been informed by An Garda Síochána that they’ll be bringing back Operation Open City in Dublin and the other major urban centres around the country, which will be policed by probation Gardaí until January 2nd.

“This is a really welcome move and hopefully will make a big difference to traffic gridlock in Dublin in particular, where over 10,000 drivers were penalised for driving in bus lanes between 2017 and September 2019.”