Green Party Councillors have led the development of a more ambitious rail plan for the greater Dublin area through their work with the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA) and its efforts to address flaws in the existing transport strategy.
The EMRA’s Regional and Spatial Strategy approved a number of policy proposals that would provide greater transport options to commuters while also paying heed to emissions targets. The proposals include the extension of the Metro and Luas Rail infrastructure (creating a South Dublin city orbital rail corridor, and a metro link into the city between the Luas lines and DART) and the extension of the Navan rail line.
“We’ve been working with officials for over two years on the development of these plans and I’d like to commend everyone involved for all their hard work on this. The proposals have been passed with cross party support and provide us with an important mandate in our efforts to improve our public transport system and reduce congestion on our roads.”
“We have considered the transport needs of our region and the challenge of providing the necessary public transport for both our existing residents and the planned population increases in the region. The existing strategy was falling short of these needs and our proposals will seek to address that.”
“We are also conscious of the will of the people as expressed in the Citizens’ Assembly on the issue of emissions. We have obligations under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act and we are committed to reducing and phasing out greenhouse gas emissions from the Region in line with the National Transition Objective.”
The proposals will now go to the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, who will have to decide whether or not he supports the measures.
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