Saturday 24 February 2018

South Fingal study to begin

Ahead of the delivery of Metro North, the council is examining other transportation options for the South Fingal Fringe
Ahead of the delivery of Metro North, the council is examining other transportation options for the South Fingal Fringe

John Manning at Malahide/Howth area meeting

With the delivery of Metro North still a decade away, the council is being forced to look at other transport management options for the area around Dublin Airport and the south fringe of Fingal where there is considerable amounts of residential and industrial zonings which will require the transportation of large numbers of people if developed ahead of Metro's arrival.

To that end, the council is seeking new options and is to commission a 'South Fingal Study', engaging specialist consultants to run transportation models for the area and present a range of options to the council.

The brief for those consultants is almost complete and council officials briefed members of the Malahide/Howth Area Committee on the process, this month.

Cllr David Healy (GP) argued that councillors should have been involved in the preparation of the brief for the consultants but council officials said that part of the process was an 'executive function' and said councillors and the public would feed into the process at a later date.

Explaining the reasoning behind the commissioning of the study, a council report stated: 'By way of background, it should be noted that there are significant zoned lands in the Fingal South Fringe and at Dublin Airport. The M50, other roads and the public transport system are approaching or over-capacity and new Metro North will not be delivered until 2026/2027, and the NTA and TII have raised concerns over future development in the Fingal South Fringe without a suitable transport strategy.'

The report continued: 'The council has therefore decided to commission consultants to study the transport requirements of future development in the Fingal South Fringe. The study will use the NTA's multi-modal transport model of the Eastern Region (the ERM) to assess different land-use scenarios and different potential transport solutions.

'The ERM is extremely complex and requires specialist transport consultants to run it. Each run takes approximately one week (including time to prepare inputs and examine outputs). The model inputs are land-uses (i.e. the nature, scale and location of future development), transport supply (i.e. new roads and public transport), and demand management measures (e.g. parking restraint or tolling). The model outputs are mode-splits, highway traffic flows, public transport line flows, journey times and levels of congestion.'

The NTA have been consulted on the brief.

Fingal Independent

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