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Consultation launched on new Dublin Transport Strategy

Last week, the National Transport Authority launched the second round of public consultation on the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) Draft Transport Strategy 2022-2042.

The draft strategy for Greater Dublin Area 2022-2042 is proposed to replace the existing Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035 which was approved by the then Minister of Transport in 2016. Under the Dublin Transport Authority Act, the National Transport Authority (NTA) must review the Transport Strategy every 6 years. This review assesses the implementation of the current plan and looks to produce an updated strategy which will set out the framework for investment in transport infrastructure and services in the Greater Dublin Area, taking us to 2042.

To ensure that the strategy engaged with the public from the outset, the NTA prepared a Pre-Draft Issues Paper in November 2020. This Issues paper highlighted some of the main considerations and opportunities for the new Transport Strategy and sought public input into its development at the inception stage. Subsequently, a full public consultation then took place from 23rd November 2020 to 22nd January 2021. The public were asked to assist in the development of the strategy goals and objectives and help identify transport requirements and opportunities. Up to 4,000 submissions were received by the NTA. All of these submissions were carefully considered and considered for the development of Greater Dublin Area (GDA) Draft Transport Strategy 2022-2042 which has now been published today for review and feedback.

Current Transport Strategy

The current Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035 was adopted in 2016, setting the framework for the development of transport for the next two decades.

Under that strategy, major transport changes have been advanced, including:

  • Luas Cross City has been completed
  • Phoenix Park Tunnel rail link was re-opened to passenger services
  • BusConnects Dublin has commenced with the first phase of the new network now operational, the next phase to be introduced later this month and Core Bus Corridors ready to be submitted for planning consent in the coming months
  • A preferred route has been identified for MetroLink and it is ready to be summited for planning consent next year
  • Major increases have been delivered in cycling infrastructure and a programme for its continued roll-out is now in place
  • A large investment in bus fleet focused on low emission vehicles and now transitioning to fully zero emission fleet

The Draft Transport Strategy seeks to address all aspects of land-based transport within the Greater Dublin Area and sets out a variety of actions covering:

  • Planning for Sustainable Transport
  • Integration and Inclusion
  • Walking, Accessibility and Public Realm
  • Cycling and Personal Mobility Vehicles
  • Public Transport – Bus, Luas, Metro and Heavy Rail
  • Roads
  • Traffic Management and Travel Options
  • Freight, Delivery and Servicing
  • Climate Action Management

Planning for Sustainable Transport

The management of transport demand where it is created is a critical element of transport planning in the GDA. The pattern of where people live, work, attend school or college, and socialise is therefore the key determinant in the type of transport system that is required. The Draft Transport Strategy includes measures that are considered to be essential in meeting the high-level objectives of fostering sustainable development and fully integrating land use planning and transport planning, including the following:

  • Consolidation of development
  • Transit-oriented development
  • Mixed use development
  • Filtered Permeability
  • School Planning and Design

Integration and Inclusion

The Transport Strategy includes a range of measures that have been developed in support of the overarching objective of an integrated transport system, including 20 measures covering the following areas:

  • Integration of all Modes in Transport Schemes
  • International Gateways
  • Park & Ride provision
  • Major Interchanges and Mobility Hubs
  • General Interchange
  • Revised Fare Structure
  • Next Generation Ticketing
  • Mobility as a Service
  • Smarter Travel Workplaces and Campuses
  • Green Schools Travel
  • Residential Travel Planning
  • Late Night Transport
  • Small Public Service Vehicles
  • Walking and Cycling at Night
  • Accessible Infrastructure
  • Travel Information
  • Travel Assistance Scheme
  • Equality and Inclusivity
  • Equality Assessment
  • Enforcement of Road Traffic Laws

Walking, Accessibility and Public Realm

Eight measures are set out including the following actions:

  • Ensuring that all urban areas will be served by high quality pedestrian facilities through the implementation of footpath improvement schemes, the development of suitable maintenance programmes and the delivery of new footpaths where required
  • A programme of junction revisions including the removal of slip lanes, tighter turning radii to slow vehicles, provision of additional pedestrian crossing points, and changes to traffic signals
  • Support for wayfinding systems and their integration into journey planning apps
  • Provision of traffic free streets in town centres where there are benefits to transport and/or the local environment / economy
  • Ensuring that the needs of all pedestrians, including  persons with disabilities, wheelchair users and people with buggies, are met

Cycling and Personal Mobility

The Covid pandemic has induced a major growth in the numbers of people cycling both here and internationally.  The Draft Strategy seeks to build upon that resurgence and provide safe, quality infrastructure and facilities that enables more people to adopt cycling as a travel mode for short journeys. Network Planning, Infrastructure Design, Cycle Parking and Bike Share Schemes are all key elements of a comprehensive, inclusive, cycle-friendly environment and 11 proposed measures are set out:

  • GDA Cycle Network Plan
  • Cycle Infrastructure Design
  • Cycle Parking
  • Cycle Parking Strategies
  • Bike Share Scheme Expansion
  • Bike Share Scheme Electrification
  • Interoperability between Bike Schemes
  • Bikes on Public Transport
  • E-Bikes
  • Electric Scooters
  • Other Emerging Personal Mobility Modes

Public Transport – Bus

The Dublin Area Bus Network carries the highest proportion of public transport trips in the GDA and will continue to do so for the lifetime of the Transport Strategy.  To support this key mode, the strategy proposes a wide range of measures, including:

  • BusConnects Core Bus Corridor Programme
  • Additional Radial Core Bus Corridors
  • Orbital Core Bus Corridors
  • New Dublin Area Bus Service Network
  • Bus Service Network Monitoring and Review
  • Higher Capacity Bus Fleet
  • Zero Emissions Bus Fleet
  • Regional and Intercity Coach Fleet
  • Bus Livery
  • New Bus Stops and Shelters
  • Regional Core Bus Corridors
  • Bus Priority in Towns and Villages
  • Connecting Ireland
  • Regional and Rural Bus Services
  • Local Link and Demand Responsive Transport

Public Transport – Light Rail

The Draft Transport Strategy includes for the delivery of MetroLink (planning consent to be sought in 2022) and four Luas extensions /new lines:

  • Extension to Finglas
  • Extension to Bray
  • Extension to Poolbeg
  • A light rail line from Lucan to the City Centre, supplementing and complementing the planned bus system

In addition, the Draft Transport Strategy  proposes the planning and design of a further 8 Luas extensions/ new Luas lines to be ready for construction post 2042:

  • Luas to Clongriffin
  • Luas to Balgriffin
  • Luas extension to Tyrrelstown
  • Luas to Blanchardstown
  • Luas extension to Clondalkin
  • Luas to Tallaght / Kimmage
  • Luas to Tallaght / Knocklyon
  • Luas to UCD / Sandyford (reduces future passenger congestion on the Green Line in the future)

DART+ and Rail

The spine of the Dublin transport system has historically been provided by the heavy rail network, in particular by the east coast suburban line since its electrification in 1984.  Building on that legacy the Draft Transport Strategy provides for:

  • Delivery of the DART+ Programme – DART to Drogheda, Maynooth & Celbridge, plus enhanced service to Greystones
  • Further extensions of DART to Kilcock, Naas/Sallins and Wicklow
  • Provision of a new rail line from the M3 Parkway to Navan
  • New stations at Cabra, Glasnevin, Heuston West, Kylemore, Woodbrook, west of Sallins, west of Louisa Bridge and west of Maynooth plus opening of Kishoge station
  • Completion of the National Train Control Centre
  • DART+ Tunnel – preserve and protect an alignment to allow its future delivery subsequent to the strategy period
  • Additional security measures plus railway station upgrades

Climate Action Management

The Climate Action Plan and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021 requires a total reduction of 51% in CO2 emissions over the period to 2030, relative to a baseline of 2018. The NTA will seek to increase the proportion of travel by sustainable modes and reduce the level of usage of petrol/diesel powered vehicles. Additional demand management measures will need to be put in place to complement the additional transport provision set out in the Strategy in order to achieve the overall 51% reduction goal. The NTA will undertake a detailed assessment to establish the optimal framework of demand management measures, which is likely to include parking restraint, zonal charging, additional tolling / road pricing and/or further vehicle electrification. Implementation of the full measures set out in this strategy aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the GDA to below 1 Mt CO2 eq by 2042 (from a 2018 level of 3.2 Mt CO2 eq).

Public Consultation

The consultation period for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) Draft Transport Strategy 2022-2042 opened on Tuesday 9th November and re-open until Friday 17th December 2021, allowing for submissions to be made by the public. This consultation will take place online, allowing the public to provide their views on the proposals.

Online Information meetings are being organised by the National Transport Authority and will begin later this evening. These public online information events are taking place via Zoom on the following dates and times. Registration must be completed in advance of these online information events by clicking on the relevant link below and providing the requested details. After registering, an automatic confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the attendee by the NTA.

  1. 18th November @18.30

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_44jIYM5SSvSek_1DUBcKMw

  • 23rd November @18.30

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wbwtUDwaSBKSfMqFpx-39g

  • 25th November @13.00

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PRZ00qQ9S2ypciTOCmF7_Q

  • 2nd December @13.00

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O7MlzLzhSg6Y1EIvQ5KD3A

  • 7th December @18.30

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QmlySK5nQ8-9VKK3vRc4vA 

raymcadam View All

Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Leader, Fine Gael, Dublin City Council
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee

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