NTA to begin public consultation on a transport strategy for Dublin

by Gazette Reporter

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is beginning a public consultation on its strategy for Dublin which is already planning transport for the next 15 years.

The long-awaited Metro system and Underground Dart are both included in the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area from 2016 to 2035.

The NTA is starting a preliminary public consultation to get feedback on future priorities. It has indicated that this could include objectives like economic development or tackling disadvantage.

The statutory review process which is required after five years will continue next year and will lead to a revised strategy for investment in transport services up to 2042.

This will involve action on climate change as well as the long-term effects of Covid-19. According to the NTA, the potential effects of the pandemic on the capital’s public transport network will form part of the review.

Other plans already listed as objectives within the strategy include expanding the Dart rail service to Drogheda, Maynooth and Celbridge.

Luas lines to Finglas, Lucan and Poolbeg are also planned as well as the Bus Connects overhaul of city routes and improved cycling and walking facilities.

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