Dublin is an old city.
It dates back to the Vikings but expanded considerably over the centuries which is sort of to be expected. And the expansion was somewhat haphazard, not like those boring Merkan cites which are all straight lines and the Dublin expansion resulted in a maze of streets, some wide, some narrow and all basically suitable for little traffic which mainly consisted of the horse and cart.
Roll on to modern times, where nearly everyone owns a car and those narrow streets fill up pretty rapidly. In other words, driving in Dublin is a bit of a nightmare.
So we have streets jammed with cars and buses and cyclists and motorbikes and taxis, not to mention dumb pedestrians wandering around the streets fixated on their mobile phones.
Someone had a brilliant idea – let’s cordon off half the streets so buses can move freely and people will take the bus instead of the car. It didn’t work. It just meant the traffic was worse because the streets were now narrower and there were fewer lanes to cope with the flow.
Roll on to the present day. Someone else had the amazingly brilliant idea that the way to get all those cars, buses, taxis, lorries, bicycles and motorbikes moving freely was to add fucking railway tracks to the mess. So our Glorious Gubmint spent the best part of 380 million ripping up the city centre and laying railway lines everywhere. So now we have buses, cars, taxis, lorries, cyclists, motorcyclists and long fucking trains running down those narrow streets that were really suitable only for horses and carts.
Now they are sitting around scratching their heads wondering what the hell went wrong. Presumably they are now desperately running around looking for some poor dumb schmuck to put the blame on. Some lowly clerk will be handed a final pay cheque for thinking up an idea he had nothing to do with.
I wonder what they’ll think of next?
Has anyone thought of adding canals to the streets and running barges?