SRA Regional Action Plan MatchUP Final Version February 2021

Regional Action Plan the Role of Modal Interchange to Foster Low Carbon Urban Mobility

Name of stakeholder

Kerry County Council, Planning Department

Type of stakeholder

Local Authority Responsible Person: Damien Ginty, Senior Planner


The Southern region comprises of 3 sub regions – Mid-West, South-West and South-East. County Kerry is located on the Southern andWestern coast of Ireland in the South-West sub region and comprises a number of towns and villages. County Kerry had a population of 147,707 in 2016. Tralee town has a population of 23,691 in 2016 and is the largest town in County Kerry and in the South-West. It is an economic driver on the strategic road network and Atlantic economic corridor. Tralee balances protection of exceptional natural environment, ecology and heritage with inherent strengths as an administrative capital, a strong performing centre of commerce, education, tourism and high order retail. A review of travel as part of the RSES in Tralee shows that 64.9% of people travel by private car (higher than the South-West region and state level), 4% by public transport and 23.3% walking/cycling. Kerry County Council is responsible for active town centre public realm regeneration in Tralee and smarter/active travel initiatives and other transport measures through their Local Transport Plan. Kerry County Council will assist SRA to undertake an evidence-based approach for proof of concept mapping for a “10 Minute Town” concept in Tralee whereby community facilities and services are accessible in short walking/cycling timeframes from homes or are accessible by high quality public transport services by connecting people to town centres or larger scaled settlements delivering these services. This will allow SRA to create a new implementation tool resulting inan improvement to the selectedpolicy instrument, the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES). This initiative will consist of a framework and methodology to assist Local Authorities in undertaking a “10 Minute Town” assessment on their key towns incorporating low carbon urban mobility and modal interchange improvements in the selected key towns. Yes. The elected members are providing political support at a local level to Kerry County Council to improve the selected policy instrument by agreeing to assist SRA to undertake a proof of concept mapping for a “10 Minute Town” concept in Tralee.

Responsibilities / role within the development and implementation of the policy improvement

Does this organisation provide political backing to the implementation of the policy improvement? If yes, how?

Table 1.5: Details of organisation 4 participating in policy improvement design and implementation

Southern Regional Assembly | Regional Action Plan


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