I am pleased to say that the National Transport Authority has confirmed that it plans to proceed with the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route between Blanchardstown and UCD in 2018. The confirmation came from Hugh Creegan, Director of Transport Investment for the National Transport Authority (NTA), at a meeting of the Fingal County Council – Dublin City Council Inter-Authority Forum which I attended last week.

The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will provide a high quality public transport route between the Blanchardstown Town Centre and UCD, via the City Centre. I have continually pointed out the size of the population growth in Dublin 15 – we have four of the ten fastest growing areas in the entire country. There must be new public transport put in place so the new and existing residents of Dublin 15 can go about their daily commute.

Hugh Creegan from the NTA stated that a design team had been appointed for the Blanchardstown-UCD BRT route and that a public consultation phase would start later in 2017, with a view to having a planning application for the route submitted in 2018. Significantly, he also stated that NTA felt that they have the necessary funding for the project. This is important, as when the last government announced the Capital Investment Programme 2016-21, no funding for the BRT was provided at that time.

With more houses being built across Dublin 15 in Tyrrelstown, Hansfield and Carpenterstown, it is good that the National Transport Authority is finally providing for the needs of our area. I look forward to engaging in the public consultation process, so we can ensure that we get the very best route and range of stops for commuters and communities across West Dublin.

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