The Northern and Western region is highly dependent on the private car for travel to work and education. This is reflective of the low level of suitable alternative transport modes available and the dispersed and low level of urbanisation in the region.
Ireland’s 2030 decarbonisation ambition will require addressing one of the key regional challenges: the provision of sustainable transport options both within and between our urban and rural areas to reduce high levels of car dependency.
‘The focus of this project is to investigate and advance the transition of the Northern and Western Region of Ireland into a low-carbon, sustainable and connected transportation system in line with national and global climate action and sustainable development targets’, according to David Minton, Director of the Northern and Western Regional Assembly
Cathaoirleach of the Northern and Western Regional Assembly Cllr David Collins said this demonstrates the leadership by the Atlantic Technological University (ATU). This is an opportunity to work with two leading regional academics, Dr. Amaya Vega and Dr. Brian McCann, who have led this from the start.
Cllr Collins says a significant part of the work will entail the collaboration and engagement with stakeholders in the region including the Northern and Western Regional Assembly who are part-funding this project.