Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (20)

Darren O'Rourke


20. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport the status of the review of transport strategy for the greater Dublin area. [25881/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure and services in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) and the making of a transport strategy for the region is a core function of the NTA.

The Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035, which was adopted in 2016, sets out a statutory framework for transport investment across the region over a 20 year period and provides a clear statement of transport planning policy for the GDA.

I very much welcome the development of evidence-led transport strategies for the major cities. We need to ensure a holistic, multi-modal approach toward transport planning and provision and, importantly, we need to see finalised transport strategies integrated into relevant land-use plans and acting as a catalyst for the adoption by local authorities of a much more sustainable approach toward the location of housing, employment and other centres of transport demand.

Transport infrastructure planning is by its nature long-term and that is why the Strategy has a twenty year horizon. However, obviously strategies need to be reviewed and updated from time-to-time in order to ensure their continuing validity.

Under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 the Strategy must be reviewed every six years. I am informed that the NTA has commenced that work already with a view to launching a public consultation next year.

In reviewing the Strategy the NTA will consider issues such as possible additional metro lines and the possible extension of the existing M3 Parkway / Dunboyne line to Navan.

I look forward to this review and hearing the views of public representatives and the public.

Question No. 21 answered with Question No. 8.