Bus Corridor Consultation – Update

Posted February 22nd, 2019

Following on from the Community Forum on Monday; focussing on corridor #11 (Kimmage to City Centre), I wanted to share some further details.

To see some issues that have been raised, responses that the National Transport Authority have given and the best ways to engage in the process, go here.

Details of upcoming public information evenings are here.

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14 February 2019

On Monday the first Community Forum meeting for phase 2 took place, for corridor #12 (Rathfarnham to City Centre). Many concerns were raised about traffic & infrastructural changes and potential compulsory purchase orders. The National Transport Authority (NTA) reiterated that this proposal is just a first draft and that they are happy to make amendments – they are encouraging feedback.

Another issue that was raised was the cut-off date for the public consultation – the NTA have agreed to consider extending the deadline and it will likely be pushed back beyond 29th March. Take a look at the plan and give your feedback here. The publishing of phase 3 (affecting Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Merrion, Ringsend & City Centre) has been delayed slightly and should happen at the end of February.

Information evenings will also be held for each corridor – you can see details for these and for the community forums, here. I or a representative from my office will be at all of these events.

The Community forums are intended to offer representatives (from local resident, community and business associations, along with public representatives) a chance to discuss the impacts that the changes may have, and contribute towards the design of the plan. The forums will be active throughout all stages of the process. The full process is expected to proceed as follows: public consultation; revisions to the project; further public consultation; final revisions; an Environmental Impact Assessment Report is prepared; government approval is sought to apply for planning consent; and finally an application is made to An Bord Pleanála.

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23 January 2019 

The Core Bus Corridor (phase 2) plan was published today; the project aims to deliver 230kms of dedicated bus lanes and 200kms of cycle tracks along 16 of the busiest corridors in Dublin to provide a faster, safer & more efficient transport network.

Phase 2 affects Terenure, Rathgar, Kimmage, Harold’s Cross, Rathmines, Portobello & D2 – and other areas indirectly. Significant traffic changes are being proposed – new & altered cycle routes, different access to roads, removal of off-street parking etc.

Cllr Anne Feeney will be holding a public meeting about the project on 2nd February. Details are here.

A public consultation opened today and will end on 29th March. I would advise taking a look at the detailed proposals for your area & regular transport routes to see how they may change. Consider the best options for the future of local traffic and give your feedback – here.

Dates for information events and community forums will be set in the coming days, I will post them as soon as they are available. Phase 3, which will affect Dublin 2 & 4, will be launched in mid-February.

Some compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) will be used to acquire lands – in this case some businesses and parts of gardens will be affected; no homes will be acquired. Those who may be affected by CPOs will have already received a letter with the contact details of a liaison in the National Transport Authority.

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16 November 2018

The National Transport Authority (NTA) announced the phasing yesterday for all of the core bus corridor publications. The core bus corridor project aims to deliver 230kms of dedicated bus lanes and 200kms of cycle tracks along 16 of the busiest corridors in Dublin. This will involve traffic and infrastructural changes along the routes.

4 of the 16 routes have been published and are open to public consultation. None of these 4 are within our area – the routes directly affecting Dublin Bay South will not be published until next year (phase 2 & 3, see here).

The NTA will hold public meetings and establish a Community Forum for each corridor (in tandem with the routes being announced) where there will be an opportunity to get informed and engaged during the public consultation process.

You can see the level of detail expected from the publication by checking out phase one, here. See more information here and here.