8.5 Mobility management

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Mobility Management Plans are an effective means of encouraging sustainable travel choices. They encourage those users who have access to high quality public transport networks or those who can use active modes to change their travel patterns and behaviours. For large scale campuses such as Dublin Airport, they can be particularly effective as higher quality programmes can be more readily justified given the large numbers of users and the economies of scale that can be achieved.

8.5.1 DISTRIBUTION OF PASSENGERS

As the largest airport in Ireland, Dublin Airport’s catchment extends well beyond the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) to cover the whole island. The presence of the US pre-clearance facility enhances Dublin Airport’s attractiveness for travel to the United States, emphasising its importance for international travel alongside the projected continued growth in the number of transfer passengers.

In terms of overall passenger numbers, the below statistics indicate that the GDA accounts for some 66% of passengers, emphasising its large population base relative to the rest of the Country, with the remainder of the Country accounting for a significant minority of Dublin Airport users.

DUBLIN AIRPORT - ORIGIN DISTRIBUTION OF PASSENGERS

   

REGION

Share of Passengers

Dublin City

58%

Rest of Greater Dublin Area

12%

Rest of Country

23%

Northern Ireland

7%

Total

100%

Source: NTA Passenger Transport Surveys 2016.

Looking at the statistics in more detail, there are some differences between Irish resident passengers and visitors. The proportion of visitors travelling to/from regions outside the GDA is lower than the equivalent statistic for Irish resident passengers. Although visitors may travel to other parts of Ireland, they frequently spend their first/last night within the GDA. These statistics have an important bearing on airport planning, since the different groups vary in terms of their preferred modes of travel to Dublin Airport, car availability etc. and the facilities required to cater for their needs.

8.5.2 PASSENGER MODE SHARES

The table below illustrates the 2016 mode shares for travel to/ from Dublin Airport. The proportion of air passengers travelling to Dublin Airport by car has fallen significantly over the past ten years. The majority of staff still travel to Dublin Airport by car, although a proportion of these comprise car-shares.

DUBLIN AIRPORT - MODE SHARES

     

MODE

Passengers

Staff

Private Car

35%

72%

Rental Car

5%

0%

Bus

36%

21%

Taxi

23%

4%

Non-Mechanised Modes

1%

2%

Other

 

1%

Source: Dublin Airport Mobility Management Update June 2017.

8.5.3 STAFF EMPLOYED AT THE AIRPORT

Staff working at Dublin Airport or those employed at the wider Dublin Airport campus contribute a significant portion of demand to Dublin Airport’s transport system. Any mode shift by this group will have a proportionately greater impact than that for air passengers due to their greater travel frequency. Accordingly, policies to support the use of sustainable modes of travel by these groups are of vital importance.

It is the aim of the Local Area Plan to require the establishment of a Mobility Management Plan (MMP) for the whole of the Airport lands within the control of daa. The MMP will promote the reduction of private car movements and an increase in public transport and other measures to reduce car usage in the Airport and environs. The management of the MMP will be an ongoing process, with measurable results and outcomes. Taking into account the size and scale of the Airport, Fingal County Council will promote and encourage the development of and participation within the MMP to daa and other relevant participants, either through existing stakeholder meetings, or through Development Management of planning applications for development and extensions at the Airport.

8.5.4 SUSTAINABLE ACCESSIBILITY

From a sustainability perspective, the preferred modes of travel to Dublin Airport is illustrated below at Figure 8. 2.

Figure 8.2 - Preferred Modes of Travel to Dublin Airport

8.5.5 HIERARCHY OF PREFERRED MODES OF TRAVEL TO DUBLIN AIRPORT

The expected growth at Dublin Airport means that sustainable travel choices are essential to its efficient operation.

  • MetroLink: The addition of rail access, through the implementation of MetroLink will provide substantial further opportunities to create and reinforce positive travel trends for all airport users.

  • Car Parking: New car parking provision should only be made where absolutely essential, thereby incentivizing sustainable travel choices.

  • Airport Staff: All airport employers should prepare travel plans for their employees and update these on a regular basis.

  • Promote the Use of Active Modes: Improve facilities for walking and cycling while simultaneously raising awareness of these travel options.

  • Airport Stakeholders Forum: All stakeholders participating in the operation of Dublin Airport should meet and discuss issues pertaining to sustainable accessibility on a regular basis.

  • Passengers with Restricted Mobility: Continue the current pro-active approach to meeting the needs of passengers with restricted mobility whether they use public or private modes of transport.

  • Innovation: To encourage all of those involved in the operation of Dublin Airport to bring forward the delivery of innovative transport solutions.

MOBILITY MANAGEMENT OBJECTIVES
OBJECTIVE MM1

Facilitate, with the relevant stakeholders, the coordination and/or amalgamation of all Mobility Management Plans within the Dublin Airport campus, to provide an over-arching MMP for submission to Fingal County Council for approval every three years. This will include the designation of a mobility manager for the Airport by daa who should co-ordinate, engage and review the MMP. The first co-ordinated MMP should be delivered within 2 years of the adoption of this LAP.

OBJECTIVE MM2

Identify and implement measures to maximise non-motorised and public transport use while minimising the use of the private car.

OBJECTIVE MM3

Increase emphasis on the promotion of public transport usage among staff and passengers.

OBJECTIVE MM4

Require that all organisations operating within the Dublin Airport campus implement the over-arching Mobility Management Plan, either as part of regular stakeholder liaison or incorporation within the Development Management process.

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