Coach Parking in Dublin
1. There is an on-going controversary about the parking of coaches along Dublin's Mountjoy Square. Recent efforts by Dublin City Councillors have been unsuccessful, but there are likely to be others.
2. Dublin does not have a coach park. Belfast has one, so does Galway, and most of Europe's tourism-focused cities.
3. The National Transport Authority has the power to allocate coach parking facilities at the various CIE depots to private coach companies, but it has not exercised these powers yet.
4. All of Dublin's new crowd-drawing venues were built without coach parking facilities, including: Croke Park, The National Convention Centre, Aviva Stadium, The O2, and the Grand Canal Theatre. These examples of bad planning have pitted the residents of the Mountjoy Square against the coach companies, and neither should be put in this position.
5. Coach parking spaces were removed recently from Wilton Terrace and Merrion Square without consulting with or informing coach companies or the CTTC. There is already a shortage of coach parking spaces near the tourism attractions, so these moves will further damage the visitor experience of our much-needed tourists.
Coach operators don't like using Mountjoy Square because of safety concerns, but coaches must be parked somewhere in the city. The solution is a coach park for Dublin. (It requires a piece of ground no bigger than half a football field; tarmac; a good fence, a gate and security cameras. There is little need for other facilities.)
The NTA should use its powers to provide coach and bus parking facilities at State-owned depots ( including Broadstone, Summerhill, Bus Aras and Donnybrook) to private bus and coach operators.
Dublin City Council, and all local authorities, should prioritise coach and bus parking facilities in planning permissions granted for any public amenity.
Dublin City, including the City Council, other agencies and community groups, should recognise the important contribution the bus and coach industries bring to the capital, through tourism revenue, and excellent commuter service