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Regional Transportation Unit

A New Approach to Regional Transportation

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced a New Approach to the long term development of regional transport in Northern Ireland.

Launching the plans in a strategic document ‘Ensuring a Sustainable Transport Future - A New Approach to Regional Transportation’ the publication sets out how the Department will develop regional transportation beyond 2015 when the current transport plans reach their conclusion.

Following the formal announcement in a written statement to the Assembly, Danny Kennedy said: “Transportation is a vital component in helping grow the economy. We need to invest every penny as wisely as possible. Our transport network must support the economy and act as a catalyst for growth.”

The document lists three High Level Aims for transportation along with essential supporting Strategic Objectives. These cover the economy, society, and the environment. It shows how strategic transportation developments can be assessed to allow informed decisions making on future transportation investment. 

The Minister continued: “While we will deliver our existing plans for transport, with improved infrastructure, supported with investment in buses and trains, our New Approach gives a clear strategic focus for 2015 onwards.

“With balanced sustainable objectives, leading to clearer decision making on longer term investment we will progress in step with the Executive’s priorities.”

The New Approach will steer decision making on strategic transportation interventions and link to the Programme for Government and the Regional Development Strategy objectives.  

Work is progressing on the implementation of the New Approach, and assessing the deliverability and affordability of potential projects for the 2015-19 budgetary period.

You can view or download a copy of the New Approach here.

If you require the document in an alternative format to meet your needs, please contact us using the link below:

Assessments

We carried out a number of assessments as we developed the New Approach.

Public Consultation

Consultation with stakeholders and the wider public has formed an important part of the development of the New Approach.  

Details of the consultation process can be found here.

Regional Transportation Strategy 2002-2012

The New Approach will be used to make decisions on transporation investment from 2015.  

Details of the Regional Transportation Strategy 2002-12 can be found here.  

Transport Plans

The New Approach will be used to make decisions on transportation investment from 2015.  The Transport Plans developed to implement the 2002 RTS will continue until 2015.