An Taisce calls for transport body
- Irish Times: An Taisce calls for transport body
By Frank McDonald, Environment Editor, Mon, Jan 02, 06
An Taisce has called on the Government to establish a national transport
authority (NTA) with a remit covering the greater Dublin area and also all
of the growth centres designated as "gateways" or "hubs" by the National
In its submission on a proposal by Minister for Transport Martin Cullen to
set up a Dublin transport authority, the trust said a much wider body would
be required "to maintain and enhance quality of life, connectivity and
international economic competitiveness".
According to An Taisce, "an effective national transport authority is needed
to reverse the irreparable damage which will occur if current trends
continue in road accident fatalities, loss of social cohesion and
environmentally-damaging urban sprawl".
It noted that a number of the gateways and most of the hubs still have no
effective land use and transport strategies in place. "Even where strategies
have been drafted or adopted, they are not being implemented," the
submission said. It said an NTA should be given a specific legislative remit
for inter-agency policy integration; land use and transport planning for all
of the gateways, hubs and regions; transport infrastructure delivery and
integrated transport management.
"The success of the NTA will be measured by its effectiveness in intervening
to address cases where local authority development plans, rezonings and
local area plans breach EU and national strategic land use and transport
policies and regional planning guidelines."
An Taisce said the authority should also co-ordinate measures to reduce air
pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as well as promoting public
transport, cycling and car pooling, management of school transport and
integrated ticketing for all modes of public transport.
Other functions would include congestion charging to curb car commuting on
the M50 and inter-regional roads, measures to "curtail toll evasion on M1,
M4 and M50 and other tolled roads currently under construction".
It is understood Mr Cullen's proposed transport authority would have no land
use functions and would merely serve as an agency overseeing the delivery of
major infrastructure projects.
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