Eoin Ó Catháin

Eoin Ó Catháin

Technical Director
Client
National Transport Authority
JV Partner
TYPSA
Location
Dublin

Summary

BusConnects is a major investment programme to improve public transport in the Dublin Region.

By creating 230km of continuous bus priority and 200kms of cycle tracks along 16 of the city’s busiest corridors and redesigning the network, the National Transport Authority (NTA) aims to develop an enhanced bus system that is better for the city, its people and the environment.

In 2019, ROD-TYPSA was appointed by the NTA to progress BusConnects Infrastructure Project D, comprising the Ballymun, Finglas, Kimmage and Ringsend to City Centre bus corridors.

The project scope includes:

  • finalisation of the option selection
  • preparation of a preliminary design for planning
  • defence of the schemes at Oral Hearing before An Bord Pleanála
  • preparation of a specimen design and tender documents for a design and build tender competition

Solution

Our initial work focused on reviewing the feedback to the first public consultation and refining the initial concept designs to reduce and/or manage adverse impacts on local communities, where practicable.

Our revised design proposals for the Ballymun, Finglas, Kimmage and Ringsend core bus corridors (CBCs) were included in the second non-statutory public consultation, which was successfully progressed during March and April 2020.

Public feedback is currently being reviewed to establish the acceptability or otherwise of the revised proposals. In the meantime, surveys, audits and background design development work is being undertaken with a view to completing planning applications for all routes in early 2021.

Approach

Extensive collaboration with the three other design teams involved in Project D, namely AECOM-Mott McDonald, Arup and Jacobs, has been necessary to meet the challenging design programme.

Collaboration with the Environmental Assessment and traffic modelling teams comprising Jacobs, ARUP and Systra is also ongoing.

Services provided:

  • Option selection
  • Engineering design services
Roads

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