Motion - May 2019 - That the Chief Executive reports on what discussions and outcomes have taken place between the Local Authority and the NTA, to address the significant transport deficits especially in both Rail & Bus on the Donabate Portrane Peninsula, given the projected growth in housing in the short to medium term, the opening of the new NFMH at St. Ita's Portrane and the potential tourism opportunities provided by the stunning beaches and Newbridge House & Park. In the event of there being no substantial discussions and commitments to call on the Local Authority to meet with the NTA, at the earliest possible opportunity to accelerate these discussions and commitments.
Fingal County Council regularly meets with the National Transport Authority and recent meetings have included discussions on: 1. Broadmeadow Way scheme which NTA have committed to fund and which will serve Donabate and facilitate a significant improvement in access to Newbridge House & Demesne; 2. The Fingal Coastal Way from Malahide to Portmarnock to Sutton, which will NTA also fund and will further open up accessibility to the Fingal coastline in general and Donabate in particular; 3. The recently published NTA plans for the BusConnects bus service network enhancements and the Swords Core Bus Corridor, both of which aim to increase the attractiveness of bus services serving Donabate; 4. The South Fingal Transport Study which was recently published by Fingal County Council and for which NTA were a key stakeholder, the Study being signifiantly predicated on the large number of public transport interventions planned under the NTA’s Transport
Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035 including MetroLink to Swords and Dart Expansion on the northern rail line.
Alongside the large number of other sustainable transport projects currently being brought forward directly by Fingal County Council on the Donabate peninsula, including the Fingal Coastal Way to Balbriggan, the Rahillion Loop Walk, the Donabate Distributor Road and various traffic calming, footpath and junction improvement projects, there is a significant amount of investment proposed in the short- to medium-term that will ultimately lead to a significant improvement in safety and transport provision for the community in Donabate and NTA continue to support Fingal County Council in this regard.