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Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy 2022 - 2042

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  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 21,158 Mod ✭✭✭✭ bk


    A few bits new bits that stood out to me:

    • They suggest that some of the busconnects corridors won't have enough capacity with the current double decker vehicles and that they will have to look at larger vehicles on some of these routes. They mention articulared single decker buses have 200 person capacity, so it sounds like BRT along a couple of the Bus Connects corridors might be back on the menu.
    • They have a list of post 2040 Luas lines which looks very interesting and will likely spur a lot of debate. Many of these new Luas lines will reuse or overlap with some the core bus connects corridors.


  • Registered Users Posts: 885 ✭✭✭ Consonata


    BRT on the N11 corridor seems like a nobrainer, though the bottleneck at Donnybrook remains.

    Shame that Luas Poolbeg has been put so far off given it is such a short piece of track and relatively cheap i'd imagine to build.



  • Registered Users Posts: 892 ✭✭✭ Economics101


    I love the bit scheduled for 2037 to 2042: "Planning and Design for Dart+ Tunnel".

    If that's the Dart Underground tunnel, then there was loads of design and re-design done over the past 10 to 15 years. Another 15 years to start another re-invention of the wheel?

    If it's literally what it says : the "Dart+tunnel", chis already exists under the Phoenix Park. Maybe the planners are so divorced from reality they don't know this. In that case I demand my fat consultancy fee.😁



  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 21,158 Mod ✭✭✭✭ bk


    "Shame that Luas Poolbeg has been put so far off given it is such a short piece of track and relatively cheap i'd imagine to build."

    Yes, I was very surprised by this! I would have thought that it would be a relatively easy extension compared to Lucan Luas.



  • Registered Users Posts: 514 ✭✭✭ brianc89


    Also, surely Luas Finglas can be delivered sooner than 2031-36. It's already gone for planning? What's the story?....



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  • Registered Users Posts: 885 ✭✭✭ Consonata


    Seems like the NTA might not want to pursue the Luas Poolbeg project, if they don't do the planned Poolbeg redevelopment project. Seems shortsighted if I'm honest because even if that development doesn't happen, another one might happen



  • Registered Users Posts: 514 ✭✭✭ brianc89


    Three stand-out points for me:

    1) Their "post-2042" Luas plan is ridiculous. They're gonna spend billions upgrading core bus corridors only to dig them all up again 10/15 years later??...


    2) What strikes me from the "combined rail map" is the complete lack of a radial route except for the inner city Dart+ tunnel, which itself isn't planned until post-2042.

    The success of the N4 radial bus route demonstrates the value of a decent radial route. Metro West will pop its head again soon, I'm sure!...


    3) Lucan Luas on the map continues across College Green to Tara Street / Pearse Street. I see enormous challenges here given the disruption this would cause to the North-South corridor around Trinity.




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,496 ✭✭✭ strassenwo!f


    Why do they produce this stuff?

    They announce a whole load of projects for the next eight years, some of which are already in train.

    Only one rail project is planned for the first period, namely an 'upgrade of the LUAS Green Line', whatever that means.

    But then, in the years 2031-2036, there is proposed construction of the metrolink, construction of a line to Navan and construction of no less than three LUAS lines. Any expertise which was gained from workers from the last LUAS project - in, what, 2010? - has probably been lost already and will certainly have been lost by the time any of this comes about.

    If there was a functioning public transport planning system in Ireland the personnel from the cross-city line would have moved on to, say, the Lucan LUAS, for work there, and would have been constantly training new people in while improving their own abilities and chances. And all the while developing expertise and knowledge in that whole area.

    You can't expect that to happen if there's a 20-year gap between projects. People have to live.

    We had the Platform for Change thing back in, what, 2001, which promised a totally impossible citywide LUAS/Metro/DART network by 2015. Then there was the Martin Cullen stunt in Dublin Castle in 2004 (I think) which promised 34 billion euro of apparently 'ring-fenced' money for public transport, all of which eventually went to shore up the State after the financial crash.

    Everybody knows that it is complete rubbish to suggest that the metrolink, a line to Navan, and three LUAS lines can be built in the period 2031-2036. That bit needs to be changed.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,440 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    They announced the redevelopment of poolbeg west 7 years ago. There is currently not one residential unit under construction or any prospect of one at the site. This must be one of the sites the government hoard to artificially inflate property values. Just like O'Devaney, Saint Michael's, Oscar Traynor Road, the Player Wilson and Gibson site ect. All state land hoarding with consultant fees.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,411 ✭✭✭ AngryLips


    "They suggest that some of the busconnects corridors won't have enough capacity with the current double decker vehicles"

    So let me get this straight, we had a transport strategy that envisioned a pretty extensive metro network to deal with this problem over a decade ago, we ditched that for a multi-billion euro upgrade to the bus network which is now years overdue and which is looking increasingly like a stillbirth on arrival, and now we're being told that this multi-billion euro plan is going to be totally inadequate? Any idiot standing without a transport or engineering degree could tell you that bus-based public transport is woefully inadequate for a city the size of Dublin. Why can't we just go back to the previous plan?



  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 21,158 Mod ✭✭✭✭ bk


    "So let me get this straight, we had a transport strategy that envisioned a pretty extensive metro network to deal with this problem over a decade ago, we ditched that for a multi-billion euro upgrade to the bus network which is now years overdue and which is looking increasingly like a stillbirth on arrival, and now we're being told that this multi-billion euro plan is going to be totally inadequate? Any idiot standing without a transport or engineering degree could tell you that bus-based public transport is woefully inadequate for a city the size of Dublin. Why can't we just go back to the previous plan?"

    "Extensive metro network" - No we didn't, all the transport plans have only ever had the one North - South Metro line and Metro West, not much of a network. We will get the north - south part under Metrolink.

    BusConnects was always needed regardless, keep in mind London Bus carries more passengers then London Underground. You need a good bus network in addition to decent rail network.

    I do wish they had kept the BRT part of the old bus plan under BusConnects, looks like they have realised that mistake now.

    "1) Their "post-2042" Luas plan is ridiculous. They're gonna spend billions upgrading core bus corridors only to dig them all up again 10/15 years later??..."

    I wouldn't say that, I'd say that the BusConnects infrastructure work will create the necessary dedicated corridors in which the Luas would be constructed in future. It will make Luas upgrades cheaper in future as that would need to be done either way.

    "2) What strikes me from the "combined rail map" is the complete lack of a radial route except for the inner city Dart+ tunnel, which itself isn't planned until post-2042."

    They do mention Metro West being a post 2040 possibility in the plan.



  • Registered Users Posts: 514 ✭✭✭ brianc89


    @cgcsb - responding to your comment from cross border rail thread. Any discussion of DU etc is better discussed here.

    It's a shame that the Northern line isn't connected to the western lines. Knocking Ballybough flats is not an ideal solution though - that area is already criss crossed by enough rail lines - we couldn't split it further and knock flats in the process.

    I've always thought a new Dart station between North Strand and East Wall would be a great connection point, especially now with the DART+ SW and W lines. CPO'ing some houses in North Strand would be far more realistic.




  • Registered Users Posts: 514 ✭✭✭ brianc89


    ALL Dart West and South West trains could terminate at Spencer Dock, but allow interchange at North Strand. This would free up the Northern Line for enhanced Dart and Belfast service.



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,440 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    That would solve a lot of issues, particularly for DART. The other issue is there's to be frequent darts mixed with Belfast trains all the way to Drogheda on 2 tracks



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,588 ✭✭✭✭ loyatemu


    we've obviously had a lot of plans and strategies over the years, but it gives me some hope that most of the concrete plans in this one (leaving aside the post-2042 dreamland stuff) has either started or has had some prior work done on it.

    • Metrolink - about to go to RO
    • Dart+ - in detailed planning, trains have been ordered
    • Busconnects Infra - going through planning, slowly
    • Fingluas - Detailed design phase
    • Bray and Lucan Luas / Navan rail - previously examined so they're not starting entirely from scratch.
    • P&R - going through consultation.

    If I have one major beef with the plans it's the projected increase in cycling modal share to only 12% over the whole 20 years of the plan, that's laughably unambitious. You could built Copenhagen-level cycling infrastructure in that time frame with the right will and funding (and it would cost much less than any of the other projects in this strategy). When you see what cities like London and Paris have done in less than 10 years... there is obviously the updated Dublin Cycle Network tacked onto this strategy, but it's short on detail and the previous 2013 version remains 90%+ unbuilt. The NTA relies on piecemeal development by individual councils to built the cycling network, and the councils' record is patchy at best.



  • Registered Users Posts: 514 ✭✭✭ brianc89


    @noelfirl responding to your comment to the all island rail thread.

    ...

    If you change the alignment of DU it becomes an entirely new project.

    So much has changed since it was envisaged. PPT has been opened - yes it's far from ideal but that's a major change. The addition of Heuston West is also new, plus two Dart Lines continuing to New Spencer Dock.

    The RO itself admits that New Spencer Dock will need to be "temporarily relocated" to facilitate DU - could this be any fluffier?

    I wish they would just kill DU entirely (for now) - it's no longer fit for purpose.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 24 FrankLeeSpeaking


    Just basically rehashing the previous stuff they never built with new add on stuff that will never be built.



  • Registered Users Posts: 24 FrankLeeSpeaking


    It is a perfect represtation of the infantile minds of the Irish Establishment when it comes to public transport. A theme park ride for the kiddies to get to the seaside. I actually find this graphic pretty depressing. These people have no idea what they are doing and why. If I didn't know better (and maybe I don't), I'd say they were mocking us.



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,935 ✭✭✭✭ murphaph


    In the absence of DU this is a good solution that is affordable and would provide massive value. As you say, send all DARTs coming from the west and southwest to SD. Eliminate path conflicts and make both routes run at maximum capacity. Best option given no DU.



  • Registered Users Posts: 514 ✭✭✭ brianc89


    Absolutely spot on.

    I really believe an orbital Luas, or Metro preferably, doing the Grand Canal would funnel people from huge areas of the city into the Metro Dart network.

    This would benefit the most people rather than prioritizing one radial route over another.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,112 ✭✭✭✭ LXFlyer


    I think tri-axle double deck buses such as those in Berlin with two staircases would be a better buy - more seats and about the same capacity.

    The distances travelled on many of the routes here really aren’t conducive to standing on an articulated vehicle, and that’s before you get into the issue of street space and infrastructure.



  • Registered Users Posts: 885 ✭✭✭ Consonata


    I'm pro redirecting the LUAS down the N11 once the Sandyford branch gets extended, I do think theres a serious problem of road space though. Particularly bottlenecks such as between the Bus garage at Donnybrook up to the Garda Station. That place becomes a car park during rush hour, and putting two Luas lines down it seems impractical without closing it almost completely to through traffic entirely.



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