Transport Ireland®, now in its twelfth year, has firmly established itself as the annual conference event for the transport sector in Ireland. The 2019 conference will bring together all the key players from across Ireland, north and south, to focus on the important issues facing transport policy-makers and senior managers in the transport sector.
Good quality national infrastructure, and in particular transport infrastructure, is a key requirement for economic and regional growth. The National Development Plan 2018-2027, part of the broader Project Ireland 2040, details how billions will be spent over the next ten years. With €5.7 billion for national roads schemes, €3 billion for MetroLink and €2.4 billion for the BusConnects programme, the plan seeks to address previous capital underinvestment in Ireland.
The decarbonisation of transport, which accounts for 20 per cent of Ireland’s overall emissions, is a key theme of Project Ireland 2040. As we shift towards a low carbon future, sustainable mobility will have to become increasingly important. There is also the opportunity for smarter mobility through technology – but we must ensure that this is accessible for all.
High on the agenda at this year’s event will be the National Development Plan’s priorities for transport and looking at progress to date. Alongside investment, the conference will be addressed by speakers looking at key issues including the potential impact of Brexit on cross border trade; improving connectivity; the future of public transport and a modal shift to reduce carbon in transport.
Key issues to be examined by an expert panel of speakers includes: