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Measure Investment Proposal (MIP)

Measure Investment Proposal (MIP)

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INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR NORTHERN IRELAND (ISNI 2) 2008 - 2018

MEASURE INVESTMENT PROPOSAL (MIP) FOR

1.2 PUBLIC TRANSPORT COMPRISING

1.2.1 Greater Belfast Rapid Transit
1.2.2 Rail Programme
1.2.3 Bus Programme
INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR NORTHERN IRELAND (ISNI 2) 2008 - 2018

MEASURE INVESTMENT PROPOSAL (MIP) FOR

1.2 PUBLIC TRANSPORT COMPRISING

1.2.1 Greater Belfast Rapid Transit
1.2.2 Rail Programme
1.2.3 Bus Programme

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INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR NORTHERN IRELAND(ISNI 2) 2008 - 2018MEASURE INVESTMENT PROPOSAL (MIP) FOR1.2 PUBLIC TRANSPORTCOMPRISING1.2.1 Greater Belfast Rapid Transit1.2.2 Rail Programme1.2.3 Bus Programme1.2.4 Other Public Transport Initiatives
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Section 1: The Context for Investment
 
The context for this measure is contained in the Regional DevelopmentStrategy (RDS) which was endorsed by the NI Assembly in 2002. This setsout a fresh approach to future transport requirements emphasising enhancingaccessibility to enable people to get to goods, services and facilities but withas few negative impacts as possible. This means primarily giving more priorityto public transport improvement, walking and cycling, to gradually change thetravel culture, extend choice and reduce reliance on the car particularly for journeys to school and work in the Belfast Metropolitan Area and larger urbancentres.An integral feature of the RDS is the production of a Regional TransportationStrategy with the vision ‘to have a modern, sustainable, safe transportationsystem which benefits society, the economy and the environment and whichactively contributes to social inclusion and everyone’s quality of life’.The RDS suggests that to enable the north to create an integratedtransportation system and catch up with and adopt the best transportationpractice of other regions it will require the transportation strategy to:
Contribute to economic activity in a sustainable way through theimproved access to regional, national and international markets byefficient targeting and deployment of resources, particularly in keytransport corridors;
Promote accessibility for all to jobs, services and facilities throughimprovement to transportation infrastructure and public transportservices in particular enhancing social inclusion;
Further develop policies and measures to reduce the adverseenvironmental impact of transport and contribute to sustainablepatterns of development and movement through support for the role ofpublic transport, walking and cycling and more responsible use of the2
 
car;
Improve safety for all travellers and promote walking and cycling andpublic transport as healthy forms of travel; and
Promote integration within and between different modes of travel, andbetween transportation policies and policies for land use, theenvironment, health, education, tourism and wealth creation.Public transport (including rapid transport) is crucial to the delivery of theabove objectives.Currently the majority of public transport services in here are delivered underthe “Translink” brand name by Ulsterbus Ltd, Citybus Ltd (operating as“Metro”) and Northern Ireland Railways Ltd. The companies are subsidiariesof the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC) a publiccorporation which is responsible to the Department for Regional Developmentfor the operation and delivery of public transport services. NITHC is theseventh largest corporation here with over 4,000 employees and, in 2006/7 ithandled 76.1 million passenger journeys. Its operations are subsidised by amix of capital and revenue grants and government also funds concessionaryfares and fuel duty rebate. For 2005/06 total government support amounted to£112.4 million (capital £60.1m; revenue £52.3m).The then Minister David Cairns recently announced 22 August 2006
 
a revisionof public transport structures here with the setting up of a PassengerTransport Authority (PTA). This will be responsible, from 2010/11 onwards,for specifying public transport provision and will contract with public transportproviders for its delivery. The PTA will take on a number of functions currentlyresiding in the Department and in the NITHC Group of companies.Also included in this MIP, under other public transport initiatives, is the RathlinIsland ferry service. Rathlin Island is the north’s only inhabited offshore islandand is located 6 miles from the coastal town of Ballycastle. The island has a3

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