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Sandyford bids to become city car-free zone

SANDYFORD Industrial Estate will soon discover whether it can push ahead with plans to make the area virtually car-free.

The business district is shortlisted for funding for a pilot scheme to minimise private cars and increase public transport options including installing a number of dublinbikes stations.

The scheme, the first of its kind in Ireland, is hoping to avail of a portion of €50m in funding from the Department of Transport.

The area was one of 11 shortlisted bids for the funding in the national competition which attracted nearly 40 submissions from councils across Ireland.

Projects such as a car sharing scheme and an improved pedestrian cycle are planned.

Therese Langan, representative for the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council's Transport Department said that they would like to see 55pc of all trips to the area by foot, bike or another public transport option.



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"If successful in obtaining the funding, the project would provide greater travel options for the two-thirds of workers and residents of the area who currently travel to the area by car," she said.

Cllr Maria Bailey said they would ultimately hope to link up the whole Leopardstown, Sandyford, Dun Laoghaire area.

"The idea is to create a transport hub and to link up all transport links with bus, the Dart and the Luas," she said.

"We have the full backing of businesses in the area such as Dell, Microsoft and Vodafone," she added.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council would put up €80m from its own budget to support the scheme.

Other cities and towns on the shortlist include Drimnagh, Drogheda, Navan, Galway and Limerick.

The judges are expected to make their decision shortly.


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