The strategy also incorporates plans for transport expansion in Meath, Kildare, and Wicklow, spanning a timeline of six years. New Luas stops at Poolbeg, Bray, Finglas, and Lucan are planned to be in place by 2029, with an additional Luas route to UCD. However, the UCD route is expected to be completed by 2042.
Minister Ryan said: This new GDA Strategy when delivered will bring back the sort of comprehensive rail network we had at the start of the last century – but it will be cleaner, faster, and better value for money."
He insisted that the strategy will help with dramatically lowering Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions and will help the country “achieve our climate ambitions”.
Among the elements that have already been proposed and which are to be further progressed and delivered during the lifetime of this strategy are:
Here are a list of the general elements of the strategy which are to be progressed and developed:
- All elements of Bus Connects Dublin.
- Increased bus prioritisation on regional bus corridors.
- Revised and enhanced GDA Cycle Network Plan.
- Provision of high-quality pedestrian facilities and pedestrianised routes.
- Next Generation Ticketing.
- Luas extensions to Finglas, Lucan, Poolbeg and Bray.
- 100km of electrified rail under DART+ Programme.
- Metrolink from north of Swords to Charlemont.
What is included?
Newly-proposed plans in this strategy include:
- The provision of a new rail line from the M3 Parkway to Navan
- Extending the DART+ programme to deliver electrified rail services to Sallins/Naas, Kilcock and Wicklow
- Assessing the requirements for new Metro lines when updating the strategy in six years, including previously considered options on the southside.
- The planning and design of a further eight Luas extensions/ new Luas lines to be ready for construction post 2042:
1. Luas to Clongriffin
2. Luas to Balgriffin
3. Luas extension to Tyrellstown
4. Luas to Blanchardstown
5. Luas extension to Clondalkin
6. Luas to Tallaght /Kimmage
7. Luas to Tallaght / Knocklyon
8. Luas to UCD / Sandyford (reduces future passenger congestion on the Green Line in the future)
Anne Graham, the NTA’s Chief Executive Officer, said the strategy has the potential to be transformative for the entire Dublin region.
"We want to provide more people with better public transport and active travel alternatives so that communities across the region can thrive and develop in a sustainable way in the years and decades ahead," she said.
For those interested in finding out more, you can read the strategy here.