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Final Phase Of Dublin Port's Masterplan 2040 Announced

Published on Nov 25 2021 9:20 AM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Dublin Port / Dublin Port Company

Final Phase Of Dublin Port's Masterplan 2040 Announced

Dublin Port Company chief executive Eamonn O'Reilly has announced the third and final phase of Dublin Port's Masterplan 2040, costing €1.6 billion in total, which he hopes will help reconnect the facility with the people of Dublin.

As reported by The Business Post, €500 million has been invested since 2010 in expanding the port's infrastructure and preparing for the trade changes due to Brexit, and the semi-state company will invest a further €450 million in the next five years as part of the second phase of its master plan. The third and final phase will reportedly involve an investment of €400 million for 2026 onwards.

As part of this phase, Dublin Port reportedly plans to develop a major new container terminal on the Poolbeg side of Dublin Bay, a new bridge across the Liffey that will be used exclusively by trucks to exit the port, 15 acres of new public parks and a 5.5km cycling and walking track.

O'Reilly Statements

O'Reilly reportedly told The Business Post, "The 2040 master plan has two objectives. The first is to provide the capacity in the port for businesses and the economy as it continues to grow over the coming years. But we always recognised we had to reintegrate the port with the city. And that’s why the second objective of the 2040 master plan is this integration piece.

"We have explicitly included a number of community gain projects to benefit local communities. The project will provide three new public parks on the Poolbeg peninsula in the heart of the working port. It will open up to the river and to Sandymount strand, and I think it will help to re-establish the historical link between Dublin Port and the city."

O'Reilly reportedly said that approximately 500 people on average currently uses the Great South Wall walkway out to Poolbeg lighthouse each day. The new 5.5km cycle and walkway would reportedly link the Great South Wall back into the city centre and to the north side of the river, and O'Reilly reportedly said, "If there are decent cycle and pedestrian routes down there, I think it's going to open up the Great South Wall and that end of Dublin Bay to many more people."

Additional Information

Aside from the new amenities, Dublin Port is reportedly planning a significant expansion of its container capacity with the development of two new terminals on the Poolbeg peninsula, the first of which will reportedly be a new load-on, load-off container terminal, which will reportedly be the largest of its kind in the country and will reportedly be situated in front of the ESB's Poolbeg power station and have capacity for 360,000 containers every year.

The second terminal will reportedly involve Dublin Port redeveloping its existing container terminal south of the river to install a new roll-on, roll-off lorry freight terminal with capacity for 288,000 freight trailers a year.

The development of both will reportedly play a crucial role in the port increasing its capacity over the coming decades. A little than 1.5 million containers and trailers reportedly passed through Dublin Port in 2020, and the company reportedly plans to more than double its capacity by 2040 to handle 3.2 million units every year.

Of this, a little less than 650,000 units will reportedly be handled on the south side of the port, which O'Reilly reportedly said would allow it to segregate roll-on, roll-off trailers coming in from the single European market away from trailers coming in from Britain.

The other major part of this third development phase will reportedly be the construction of a new bridge across the Liffey, which O'Reilly reportedly said would be built adjacent to the Tom Clarke bridge, which currently the final bridge under which the Liffey flows before emerging into Dublin Bay.

O'Reilly reportedly said that this new bridge would connect the north and south side of the port directly and would be used exclusively by HGVs and other port traffic, which should ease congestion in that area of the city.

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