New transport strategy for greater Dublin area announced

Plans have been revealed for an overhaul of Dublin’s transport infrastructure, including extensions of the Luas to Lucan and to Finglas.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) this week released details of its new draft Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035.

The strategy aims to set out a “cohesive and integrated transport framework to support and sustain the region’s development”.

The strategy outlines a new Core Bus Network which will have 16 radial bus corridors, 3 orbital bus corridors and 6 regional bus corridors. It also contains plans for a Luas to run to Poolbeg, Finglas, and Lucan.

There are also plans for Metro North and South, running from St Stephen’s Green to Brides Glen and from St Stephen’s Green to Swords. They also hope to construct the Greater Dublin Cycling Network, which will be over 1,485 kilometres in length.

“The purpose of our draft transport strategy is to contribute to the economic, social and cultural progress of the Greater Dublin Area by providing for the efficient, effective and sustainable movement of people and goods,” CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham said.

“The long-term success of the country’s capital region depends on sound and considered long-term strategic planning. We are therefore encouraging as many people as possible to read our proposals, and the background documentation, and to let us know their views by taking part in our consultation before November 13th,” she said.

Other works outlined include reopening the Phoenix Park Tunnel for passenger services, which will link the Kildare/Cork line to the city centre, expanding the DART to reach as far as Drogheda, and also the widening of the M50 to three lanes in each direction between Sandyford and the M11.

Full details of the NTA’s proposed plans and where changes may be made near you are available at their website.

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