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2004
Access to Dublin Port
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7 July 2004
To ask the Minister for Transport the action he is taking to improve access to Dublin Port; and if he will make a statement on the matter
 
- Phil Hogan. (Nominated by: Denis Naughten).
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 7th July, 2004.
 
To ask the Minister for Transport the discussions he has had with Dublin Port regarding improved access to Dublin Port; and if he will make a statement on the matter
 
- Paul McGrath. (Nominated by: Denis Naughten)
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 7th July, 2004.
 
To ask the Minister for Transport the discussions he has had with Dublin Port regarding access to Dublin Port; and if he will make a statement on the matter
 
- Simon Coveney. (Nominated by: Denis Naughten)
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 7th July, 2004.
 
To ask the Minister for Transport the action he is taking to address current access to Dublin Port; and if he will make a statement on the matter
 
- Dan Neville. (Nominated by: Denis Naughten).
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 7th July, 2004.
Ref No:   20290/04
 
Answered by the Minister for Transport
(Séamus Brennan, T.D.)
 
Reply
 
I propose to answer questions 122, 124, 118 and 47 together.
 
The Dublin Port Tunnel, which I understand from the NRA and Dublin City Council is expected to be completed in Quarter 3 2005, will significantly improve access to Dublin Port in addition to providing relief to the city centre, environmental and safety benefits and relief from congestion for freight distributors and other port-related traffic.
 
A key mechanism to ensure that the Tunnel meets its primary objective of providing easy access to Dublin Port for HGV traffic will be the implementation of a differentiated tolling system applicable to private cars.  This tolling regime, under which HGVs will not be liable for tolls, and implementation of a HGV management strategy was always envisaged as part of the overall transport strategy underpinning the construction of the Port Tunnel in order to ensure that port freight traffic utilises the Tunnel to the maximum extent.
 
Traffic management, including HGV traffic management, in the city centre and in the vicinity of the Port is a matter primarily for Dublin City Council.  I understand that Dublin City Council propose to address this in a HGV management plan currently being prepared, which will also address non-port related HGV traffic movements. Currently, all truck journeys in and out of Dublin Port pass through city centre streets and adjacent residential areas.
 
I understand from Dublin City Council that this plan will have three objectives; to ensure the optimal use by HGVs of the Port Tunnel, to minimise adverse effects of remaining HGV movements in the city and to manage the movement of vehicles not within permitted dimensions (e.g. through permit systems).
 
Dublin City Council has published a report on HGV management as a basis for a widespread public consultation exercise.  The public consultation period is now concluded and the responses received are being evaluated within Dublin City Council.  I am informed by Dublin City Council that the HGV Management Plan, revised to take account of the submissions received, will be published in the autumn.
 
In addition, a Regional Freight and Goods Distribution Study, commissioned by the DTO to determine the origin and destination patterns of HGVs in the Greater Dublin Area and to forecast future demand, is due to be completed shortly. I understand that it will identify obstacles to general goods distribution and for freight trips to and from Dublin Port, Dún Laoghaire Port and Dublin Airport. It will also review the scope for improved goods distribution strategies.
 
I have not been directly involved in discussions with Dublin Port regarding improved access to the port.