Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy 2016 – 2035

In April 2016 the Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy 2016 – 2035 was approved and aims to improve transport services in the following areas:


A “Core Bus Network” for the region comprising:

  • 16 radial bus corridors
  • 3 orbital bus corridors 
  • 6 regional bus corridors

Light Rail:

  • New Metro North 
  • Luas Cross City 
  • Extension of Luas Green Line to Bray
  • Extension of Luas Cross City to Finglas
  • Luas Red Line extension to Poolbeg

Heavy Rail:

  • Reopen the Phoenix Park Tunnel Link 
  • Complete the City Centre Resignalling programme
  • Implement the DART Expansion Programme
  • Develop a new train control centre 
  • Implement a programme of station upgrades and enhancement
  • Ensure an appropriate level of train fleet

Cycling Network:

To construct the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network, expanding the urban cycle network to over 1,485 kilometres in length, and with over 1,300 kilometres of new connections between towns in the rural areas of the GDA. The network is intended to provide a quality of service sufficient to attract new cyclists, as well as catering for the increasing numbers of existing cyclists.

Road Network:

During the period of the Strategy it is intended to further develop and enhance the national road network including the delivery of the following projects:

  • Reconfiguration of the N7 from its junction with the M50 to Naas
  • Junction upgrades and other capacity improvements on the M1 motorway
  • Widening of the M7 between Junction 9 (Naas North) and Junction 11 (M7/M9)
  • Widening of the M50 to three lanes in each direction between Junction 14 (Sandyford) and Junction 17 (M11) plus related junction and other changes
  • Reconfiguration of the N4 from its junction with the M50 to Leixliip;
  • Capacity enhancement and reconfiguration of the M11/N11 from Junction 4 (M50) and Junction 14 (Ashford)
  • Enhancements of the N2/M2 national route inclusive of a bypass of Slane
  • Widening of the N3 between Junction 1 (M50) and Junction 4 (Clonee), plus related junction and necessary changes to the existing national road networ
  • Development of a road link connecting from the southern end of the Dublin Port Tunnel to the South Port area.

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