Fingal County Council first in Ireland to launch new mobility hub

by Sylvia Pownall

Fingal’s first mobility hub in support of sustainable travel has been launched in Blanchardstown.

The council has become the first local authority in Ireland to provide the facility and chose Blanchardstown Main Street as its first location.

The hub comprises five parking bays with specific colour-coordinated functions, including age-friendly, disabled, electric vehicle charging, bike rack (bike share and public), and car sharing.

The aim is to encourage varied and sustainable types of transport in areas that are close to existing public transport links with a high concentration of employment, housing, shopping, amenities and recreation.

A council spokesperson explained: “This allows a greater number of citizens, including the aged and those with accessibility issues, to travel in a greater variety of ways, and advances Fingal’s climate action goals in the process.”

Mobility hubs will be rolled out on a phased basis across Fingal towns and villages in coming months, according to the local authority.

Mayor Eoghan O’Brien said: “This is a worthy initiative that shows Fingal’s commitment to helping our people and environment to thrive.

“I look forward to seeing the success of the model in Blanchardstown and beyond.”

The council’s director of operations, David Storey, described the hub as “an innovative piece of infrastructure that supports different modes of transport”.

Fingal has been consistently to the fore in pioneering sustainable models and is the lead contracting authority for all four Dublin councils in planning new electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the city.

Consultants are to be hired to help inform city transport planners of the number, type and optimal location of chargers for a new network to support EV uptake.

Provision of charging infrastructure is expected to focus on on-street parking, with public car parks, offices and depots owned by the local authorities, and locations owned by charities or community groups to be prioritised.

Multi-storey car parks used by council staff and visitors would also be prioritised, according to tender documents.

In a tender document, Fingal County Council said that “while there is a basic EV charging infrastructure in place across the Dublin region and Ireland, there is a need to develop and expand the EV charging infrastructure network to further drive the uptake of EV use and make it easier for current and new EV users to reliably charge their vehicles”.

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