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Friday 15 December 2017

Travel routes set to improve with €26m city transport plan

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe,TD leaving Government Buildings at lunchtime yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 4/2/2015
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe,TD leaving Government Buildings at lunchtime yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 4/2/2015

The Greater Dublin area is to receive an almost €26m cash injection into its transport infrastructure.

Bus, cycle and pedestrian routes across the city are to be improved with the funding announced by Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe.

It is hoped that the upgrades will encourage greater use of public transport, reduce congestion and allow for enhanced economic activity.

A number of projects have been identified aimed at easing congestion.

They include interventions to reduce bus delays including traffic light priority and works to eliminate traffic "pinch points".

The revising of traffic management systems and upgrading and extending footpaths are also planned.

Specific proposed works include:

l Removal of the Cat and Cage bottleneck on the Swords Road Quality Bus Corridor.

l Commencement of construction of the "missing link" on the Dollymount-Sutton pedestrian and cycle route.

lTraffic management changes to accommodate extra buses using Pearse Street.

l Completion of a new bus and cycle outbound contraflow on the section of Camden Street Upper.

Kildare, Meath and Wicklow County Councils will also receive a cut of the funding as they are seen as key commuter belts.

Swords, Blanchardstown, Tallaght, Bray and other suburban centres will all benefit from improved bus, cycle and pedestrian networks.

Plans are also being put in place to encourage students at DCU and UCD to take the bus or to cycle to and from campus.

TUNNEL

"The economy is growing, which means that there are more people back at work on the road," Mr Donohoe said.

"To ensure that the economic progress we are making is not hindered by the inability of people to get around, we must encourage greater use of sustainable and public transport.

"We can do this by making sure that public transport is an attractive option and that the bottlenecks that are slowing us down are eliminated.

"I am confident that as these projects progress they will make a big considerable difference to the commuters and road users."

Mr Donohoe launched the North Dublin Transport Study in December, putting six proposals for links to the airport on the table for public consultation.

They included a Bus Rapid Transit option and two Luas and Metro proposals that would see direct rail links between the city and the airport.

The €1bn Luas investment proposal would see the tram line extended to the airport via a tunnel under Glasnevin Cemetery. A heavy-rail plan to connect the capital with north county Dublin was also outlined among the proposals.

A decision will be made on what option will receive official approval after the study is completed in March.

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