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Transport strategy for greater Dublin is approved

Words: Roger Milne
Dublin Metro

A €10.3 billion plan for the development of transport infrastructure across the greater Dublin area for the next 20 years has been approved by the caretaker government and published by the area’s National Transport Authority.

It covers the city of Dublin as well the surrounding counties (Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and Kildare).

The strategy includes plans to build Luas lines to Bray, Finglas, Lucan and the Poolbeg peninsula, as well as the €2.4 billion Metro North line from Dublin city centre to Dublin Airport and Swords, approved for funding under the government’s capital plan published last year.

The strategy sets out proposals for improving bus provision, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, as well as the road network, but its central focus is on the expansion of rail. Developing the Luas tram network is the core of the plan.

The Luas cross-city line, currently under construction from St Stephen’s Green to Broombridge in Cabra, would be extended to Finglas, north of Broombridge, under the strategy.

To serve the future development area of Poolbeg, on the southern side of the mouth of the Liffey where it enters the sea – as well as nearby Ringsend and Irishtown – it is intended to extend the Luas Red Line, currently running from Saggart in west Dublin to the Point in the north docklands – south of the Liffey. The line would cross the Liffey on a new bridge near the East Link Bridge.

The plan identifies a new east-west Luas line, running from Lucan, which is not served by any rail line, to the city centre.

For bus development, the strategy identifies a core network of 16 radial bus corridors coming from the suburbs into the city; three orbital bus corridors that would run between suburbs, avoiding the city centre; and six regional bus corridors serving the city from places such as Belfast, Donegal and Mayo.

The strategy can be found here (pdf).

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