Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
As the Deputy will be be aware, in line with Action 89 of the Climate Action Plan 2019, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has established a 'Park and Ride Development Office'.
I understand that the initial work of the Park and Ride Development Office is to prepare a Park and Ride Strategy, which will guide the NTA’s activities in this area over the coming years. Most of the work of the office is focussed on providing strategic (regional level) park and ride facilities to enable access to the main urban areas, in addition to rail-based park and ride facilities at rail stations and key Luas stops. More local park and ride facilities will continue to be the responsibility of the relevant local authority.
In relation to Wexford, I understand that the NTA recognises the possible potential of bus-based park and ride, particularly in the north end of the county. Central to this is a proposal, currently under design development, to provide bus priority on the N11 / M11 national road between Kilmacanogue and Loughlinstown Roundabout, connecting them into a Core Bus Corridor linking into the City Centre. Accordingly, when those bus priority proposals on the N11 / M11 corridor are further advanced, the NTA will assess the potential for park and ride locations on this route, including in the north Wexford area.