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Road Transport Student Project Awards: LIT: Tuesday 17 April

05 April 2018

Road Transport Student Project Awards: LIT: Tuesday 17 April

Limerick Institute of Technology invites members and stakeholders to a Transport and Logistics Student Project Presentation.

These projects have been selected from college students from LIT’s BEng. Road Transport Technology and Management Programme.

Come along and meet the next generation of professionals and see their new, innovative ideas for the industry.


On the evening there will be guest speakers from CILT, CEO Mick Curran and CILT President Helen Noble FCILT.

Tuesday 17 April at 6.30pm, LIT Campus

BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Please email: Ailbe Burke to secure your place.


«July 2018»

Electric Vehicle Owners Could Save Up To €500 With New Tolling Scheme

A new tolling incentive scheme could save electric vehicle owners up to €500 in toll savings per year, and up to €1,000 in savings for goods vehicles, Transport Minister Shane Ross has confirmed.

The scheme, due to take effect from July 1st, includes a 50% toll discount for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and a 25% toll discount for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs).

Higher levels of discounts will be available across certain toll roads during off-peak journeys.

EV motorists can avail of the discount by signing up for an EV tag with an approved toll tag provider.  Drivers, who already hold a toll tag account, will be contacted by their current tag provider with details on how to transfer in to the scheme.

According to Minister Ross the scheme “is integral to the series of Governmental support measures aimed at promoting a low-carbon transport future”.

There has been a steady rise in the number of Irish people transitioning to electric vehicles, added Minister Ross. At present, in Ireland there are over 5,000 electric vehicles with over 1,000 of these having been registered in 2018 alone.

Visit for further details on the scheme terms and conditions and how to avail of the toll refunds available.

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Major Redesign of Dublin Bus Network Will Transform Services In The Capital

A major redesign of the Dublin Bus network will see more frequent services, hence reducing waiting time and a move to a simplified two-fare system for all services across the capital.

Additionally, a new lettering system from A to G will categorise services into “spines”, replacing the current numbering system.

The new proposals to transform Dublin Bus services were published today in a report by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

The report proposes a number of fundamental changes to the network of bus services in Dublin by:

• Increasing the overall amount of bus services.
• Providing new and frequent orbital services connecting more outer parts of the city together.
• Simplifying the bus services on the key radial into “spines” where all buses will operate under a common letter system and buses will run very frequently and be more evenly spaced.
• Increasing the number of routes where buses will come every 15 minutes or less all day.

Under the proposals, the level of bus service will increase by 27%. This includes services on 11 brand-new orbital routes that will operate on a 15-minute frequency or better, in the north, south and west of the network area.

Fares will be simplified in a way that will make interchange between bus, Dart and Luas seamless. Two Leap fares will be available:

  • A 90-minute fare that will allow a customer any combination of bus, Dart and Luas for a journey, subject to the last leg commencing within 90 minutes of the start of the overall trip.
  • A short-distance fare paid each trip for particularly short journeys.

According to the NTA:

“The number of people living within 400m of a bus service that operates every 10 minutes or better, will increase by 35% from 480,000 to 650,000.

“The number of people living within 400m of a bus service that operates every 15 minutes or better, will increase by31% from 765,000 to almost 1,000,000.

“The number of jobs or college places situated within 400m of a bus service operating every 10 minutes or better will increase by 18% from 540,000 to 640,000.”

NTA Chief Executive Anne Graham said:

“Redrawing the bus network in Dublin has been a priority for the NTA and was a key element of the overall BusConnects programme that we announced last year.

“The current system of bus routes and services in Dublin is complex, with about 130 different bus routes forming the network. Currently the network is radially focused, with most routes emanating outwards from the City Centre. Orbital bus services – routes that skirt the city – are few and far between.

“As a result, many bus journeys can only be made by firstly traveling into the city centre on one radial route, and then taking another radial bus service out.

“We believe that a system with greater scope for interconnection between routes, and where connecting passengers don’t necessarily have to travel to the city centre, is one that would be far more attractive and convenient.”

Dublin Bus Chief Executive Ray Coyne said the proposed redesign represents a “huge change” for everyone across the capital and is urging people to come forward with feedback.

Those who wish to have their say can do so via an online survey and w

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Dublin’s New Bus Corridors Project to Enhance Main Routes

A total of 16 core bus corridors will reduce travel times by up to half.

On 12 June, as part of its €2 billion BusConnects Dublin programme, the National Transport Authority (NTA) published the Core Bus Corridors Project report.

On top of this, a major redesign of the Dublin Bus network was announced recently which will see more frequent services, hence reducing waiting times and with a move to a simplified two-fare system for all services across the capital.

Additionally, a new lettering system from A to G will categorise services into “spines”, replacing the current numbering system.

At the centre of this scheme, bus corridors have been proposed which will see travel times reduced by up to 40-50% and more affordable journeys brought into place, as well as being more predictable and reliable.

The scheme consists of 16 radial core bus corridors (busiest routes to or from the city centre). Over the next ten years 230km of expanded bus lanes and 200km of cycle lanes will be built under the scheme.

The planned routes include travelling to the city centre from Clongriffin, Swords, Ballymun, Finglas to Phibsborough, Blanchardstown, Lucan, Liffey Valley, Clondalkin to Drimnagh, Greenhills, Kimmage, Tallaght to Terenure, Rathfarnham, Bray, UCD via Ballsbridge, Blackrock to Merrion and Ringsend.

On the initiative the NTA said:

“Our objective is to provide a continuous bus lane in each direction as well as maintaining two general traffic lanes. In addition, we also want to provide a dedicated cycle track on each side of the road, providing safe cycling facilities, segregated from other vehicular traffic. The standard layout also includes footpaths for pedestrians and supporting elements such as pedestrian crossings at all key road crossing points, and bus shelters for waiting passengers.”

CEO of the NTA, Anne Graham, said:

“Everybody agrees that something needs to be done to improve our bus services. Passenger numbers on public transport continue to increase, but as the economy continues to improve, and as demands on public transport increase, our infrastructure will come under more and more strain.

“People want to use public and sustainable transport in and out of the city. Our recent canal cordon 2017 figures are showing us this with almost 70% of daily trips across the canals of Dublin being made by sustainable transport. The NTA needs to support these trips and to improve the journey times for public transport users and to offset the negative impact of congestion.

“Unless we address the infrastructure issues, it is inevitable that in the years ahead, travelling by bus will become slower, less reliable and more frustrating for everybody. But with BusConnects there is a solution on offer.”

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