RPS was responsible for developing an implementation plan for development of the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). The Cherrywood SDZ comprises a plan to develop an urban centre which will accommodate some 35,000 residents and 17,000 employees.The Cherrywood SDZ lands are strategically positioned between the M50 and the N11. The M50/N11 forms part of the Euroroute E01 between Larne and Rosslare and this route is part of the Trans-European Road Network proposed by the European Union.
RPS was appointed to develop the infrastructural plan for Cherrywood SDZ to assure the timely provision of adequate infrastructure as and when new development occurs. This included:
Transport infrastructure – a new road network for the area, in addition to the significant upgrading of the existing road infrastructure, provision of pedestrian, cycle and public transport networks, the provision of the LUAS Line B1 extension to Cherrywood from Sandyford, linkage to the existing major road networks of the wider area, in particular the N11 and M50. The key challenge is to ensure that the overall development of Cherrywood is not causing the M50 and N11 highway capacities to be seriously eroded or the traffic management of the routes to be impaired.
Services and utilities infrastructure – water supply, foul/surface, water sewerage, gas, electricity, telecommunications etc.
Social infrastructure – schools, churches, amenity space, local and higher order retail and associated facilities.
Once the infrastructural plan was developed, RPS was commissioned to develop a Local Area Traffic Model to assess the impact on the capacities of the strategic M50 and N11 routes and the proposed internal streetscapes. The associated sustainable transport plan addressed the following:
Maximise the utilisation of the LUAS linking Bray/Fassaroe to Dublin City Centre
Maximise facilities for buses, cyclists and pedestrians
Adequate local linkages and planned areas for development
The provision of adequate traffic measures including signalisation, pedestrianisation and bus priority measures.