Southern Regional Assembly RSES LowRes

Rural Development The importance of development which supports the rural economy and the rural social fabric is of fundamental importance. The rural economy and its social fabric will be supported through the provision of better local connectivity to transport, services and commercial activities located in cities and towns.

RPO 157

Local Transport Plans (LTP) LTPs will be prepared for the key settlements by Local Authorities, based on the Area Based Transport Assessment (ABTA) guidance produced by NTA and TII and will be focused on, but not limited to, Key Towns as designated in the RSES and other towns as identified by Local Authorities, including towns in metropolitan areas as a complement to Metropolitan Area Transport Strategies and certain other development areas identified within the metropolitan areas of Cork, Limerick-Shannon and Waterford; LTP’s will: • Maximise the opportunities for the integration of land use and transport planning;

RPO 158

Intra-regional Rural Connectivity It is an objective to seek investment in the sustainable development of fully accessible infrastructure that strengthens intra- regional rural connectivity including rural public transport services as “life lines” which are important routes on the road network connecting communities in remote locations and smaller scaled settlements with larger scaled settlements to access important services.

Assess the existing traffic, transport and movement conditions within the plan area and in its wider context; Plan for the efficient and sustainable movement of people, goods and services within, to and from the Plan area; Identify the extent to which estimated transport demand associated with local development objectives can be supported and managed on the basis of existing transport assets; Identify the transport interventions required within the plan area and in the wider context, to effectively accommodate the anticipated increase in demand; Prioritise the delivery of sustainable and active travel infrastructure; Plan and target actions for modal shift to sustainable transport modes to facilitate a modal shift away from car dependence; Plan and target actions to retrofit permeability for green modes (walking and cycling); LTPs shall include the perspectives of vulnerable road users (e.g. wheelchair users) to be taken into account in respect of LTP’s; LTPs shall be subject to further environmental assessment at local level as part of the Local area plan process; LTPs shall take into consideration the DTTAS National Policy Framework for Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport 2017-2030;

The Role of Transport in Enabling Access for All

Transport is one of the key policy areas through which social inclusion can be effectively addressed.

The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport’s high- level goal for accessible public transport is embodied in the concept of ‘transport access for all’. It is premised on the principle that through accessibility improvements to the public transport system for people with disabilities, access for all people should be improved. Access to public transport services is wider than merely access to buses and stations as it includes getting to and from transport nodes. It includes, for example, pedestrian routes to bus stops, and the bus stops themselves. The role of local authorities and other key stakeholders is critical in this regard.

RPO 159

Role of Transport in Enabling Access for All It is an objective to seek investment in transport networks and services in the Region that are socially inclusive and provide a quality of service, connectivity and facilities to meet all societal needs disabilities (including mobility, sensory and cognitive impairments) and meet the needs of aging cohorts.






infrastructure for electric vehicles;

Local LinkOffices, (Transport Co-Ordination Units) will be consulted in the development of Local Transport Plans.

Southern Regional Assembly | RSES


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