Long-term transport plan for Dublin releasedDublin City, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Featured Updates, Fingal, News, South Dublin Monday, February 28th, 2011
Draft long-term transport plans for the Dublin region have been released for public consultation.
The Great Dublin Area Draft Transport Strategy 2011–2030 was released today by the National Transport Authority (NTA). As well as covering all of Co Dublin it includes Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.
Unlike previous plans of its nature the strategy has legal bases which local authorities and others must follow. It includes strategies under the headers:
- Land use planning
- Improving the walking and cycling environment
- Better, easier to use public transport
- Road traffic, freight and travel demand management
The plan includes train line, bus corridor, and road upgrades, but the authority stresses that the strategy is not simply a list of transport infrastructure and that it includes management and operation of what is currently in place and land use planning for future development.
The authority says the draft document has been three years in the making; it has been circulated to councils and other transport bodies in recent months. It is now being made available for public comment and feedback.
Public consultation ends on April 11 and the NTA says it will then present the plan to the new Minister for Transport in May or June. Following this, the authority is to publish a detailed 6-year plan for the implementation of the strategic programme within nine months of the strategy’s approval by the minister.
“When our economy grows, we need to be ready for the additional journeys and traffic that this will bring. Long term transport planning plays a fundamental part in preparing for this future”, said Gerry Murphy, CEO of the National Transport Authority.
“Everyone living and working in the greater Dublin region is ambitious now for a good quality of life, for an economically competitive region, where work, facilities and friends are within easy reach,” he said.
Public information sessions on the plan will be held from 2pm to 5pm at city and county council offices on the following days:
- Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas: Thur March 3.
- Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8: Mon March 7.
- Meath County Council, County Hall, Navan: Mon March 7.
- Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords: Tues March 8.
- Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire: Mon March 14.
- Wicklow County Council, Whitegates, Wicklow Town: Mon March 14.
- South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght: Tues March 15.
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