Matthews launches ambitious transport plan for Wicklow

Green Party TD for Wicklow Steven Matthews has launched his ambitious transport plan for Wicklow Town to Bray that would benefit thousands of north and south Wicklow residents

Speaking about the plan Deputy Matthews said, “It’s time for urgency, delivery and joined up thinking for public transport and active travel, cycling and walking for Bray to Greystones to Kilcoole to Newtownmountkennedy to Newcastle to and Rathnew and Wicklow. I have an ambitious proposal, funding is available, and I am pushing acceleration in the construction of better transport and greater options for thousands of residents along this route.

“This plan will see an electric train service to Wicklow Town with stops at Kilcoole, Newcastle and Greystones South. There will be connected cycling and walking routes from each location to the electric train service. There will also be a coastal trail which avoids the sensitive ecological areas for recreation for residents and visitors linking the coastal towns and public transport stops. The plan also allows for connectivity between Kilcoole and Newtownmountkennedy and for a dedicated link from Rathnew to Wicklow Railway Station”.

“Minister Eamon Ryan recently called on the local authorities to think bigger and act faster on delivery of active travel and launched the ‘Pathfinder’ proposal. My proposal perfectly fits this call for vision, ambition, and delivery of integrated transport options for Wicklow residents.

“I am working with the Department of Transport, the National Transport Authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Wicklow County Council to deliver the various aspects of this integrated travel plan over the next two years which will be a gamechanger for transport in the area.

“The transport plan is divided into three interconnected objectives consisting of Active Travel links to public transport, an Electrified rail service including extra railway stations and a Coastal amenity trail.

“This will require co-ordination and cooperation between different transport agencies but having continuously engaged with all the stakeholders I am confident it will have support and necessary funding. This will deliver a transport system to reduce car dependency, reduce emissions and offer Wicklow residents the public and active transport options they need but that have been neglected and ignored for many years”, concluded Deputy Matthews.

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