Some of you will be aware that Drimnagh is involved in the Smarter Travel competition bid. See an earlier post here telling you what exactly the Smarter Travel competition is.

Here is the latest update in the form of a response to Parliamentary Questions answered by Minister Varadkar on the 4thof May 2011 regarding the Smarter Travel Areas below.

With regard to the application review process for the Smarter Travel Areas Competition, eleven projects were short-listed from an original total of 39 for Stage 2 of the Competition. Local Authorities submitted written proposals to my Department which were assessed by a selection panel. A decision has yet to be announced regarding the outcome of the Smarter Travel Areas Competition.
The future of the Programme is being considered in the context of the available budget for 2011 and the National Recovery Plan. However, this programme is one I believe has considerable merit. While the scope and scale originally envisaged for the scheme is no longer possible given the current fiscal situation, there may be some scope to proceed with a scheme scaled back in size. I believe that Smarter Travel Areas have the potential to provide a basis for future evidence based investment in the range of sustainable travel measures.

The local authorities concerned will be notified of the outcome of the review in due course. Finally, given the current status of the Competition as outlined, it is premature at this stage to confirm review processes for future initiatives and funding provisions for existing Competition applications. I intend to formally delegate the Smarter Travel Areas under the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to the Minister for State for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly TD, in the coming days.

Also if you are a Smarter Travel nerd like me, then you may find this Case Study of Drimnagh: Urban Mobility & Environment interesting.

So disappointing to still not have an outcome on the competition but kinda expected given the current economic environment. We shall just have to wait & see what the outcome is from Drimnagh. Keep those fingers crossed :-)

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  1. Vera Hussey on Monday 9, 2011

    Thanks very much for that update Pauline. It is indeed very disapointing. We have been waiting so long. Yes fingers (and toes and everything else!) crossed. V