06/04/2016

Minister Donohoe Welcomes Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has welcomed the publication of a Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area between 2016 – 2035.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) unveiled the new plan today, 06 April.

Following the strategy's publication, the NTA will prepare a statutory integrated implementation outlining the delivery of the plans objectives over the coming six-year period.

Minister Donohoe said: "I am delighted that following my approval of the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016 – 2035, the National Transport Authority can now publish this very important addition to our public transport policy framework.

"This Transport Strategy outlines the National Transport Authority's vision for the development of the transport network in the Greater Dublin Area for the next twenty years.

"The Strategy will ensure the integration of transport objectives within all levels of the planning and development system within the Greater Dublin Area."

Key points of the Strategy include:

• Travel times on the strategic road network will reduce.

• The mode share for car for trips to work will fall from 56% (without Strategy) to 45% (with Strategy).

• The Strategy's impact on sustainable travel modes in total is to increase from 44% for commutes (without Strategy) to 55% (with Strategy).

• The modal share for all Public Transport Journeys will be 23% as opposed to 18% without the Strategy.

• The number of people living within 1-hour's journey time to the city centre by public transport will significantly increase.

• A more efficient use of land within the GDA will be facilitated.

• The capital cost of the Strategy is forecast to be €10.3 billion (in 2015 prices), with a benefit to cost ratio of 1.5:1.

The view the publication, visit here.

(LM)

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