Thursday 12 December 2019

Mayor will be main mover on capital's transport

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

THE NEW mayor for Dublin will be the main driver of traffic-management plans -- which could include the introduction of congestion charges -- and transport plans for the capital.

The mayor will also link up development and transport in the greater Dublin area, the Irish Independent has learned.

By combining land-use plans with transport plans, it is hoped that the mayor can ensure new houses and businesses are built near transport links, such as train and bus routes, rather than in the middle of nowhere.

He or she will also be able to decide if roads should be tolled and whether there should be a roll out, or moratorium, on speed limits.

It is also envisaged that he or she will be able to direct that the number of DART or bus services be increased or decreased.

Details are still being finalised, but it is understood that the mayor will chair the advisory council of the National Transport Authority (NTA), formerly the Dublin Transport Authority.

At present, the board of the NTA can decide to accept or reject the council's decisions but it is envisaged that the strength of the mayor's mandate will make that impossible.

"They wouldn't really be able to say 'no' to someone with a mandate from an area with a population of 1.2m people," a source said.

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey said last year it was inevitable that congestion charges would be brought in for Dublin within two to three years.

Irish Independent

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