?Accommodating Urban Freight Deliveries? ? National seminar in DIT

In the vibrant centre of Dublin city, traffic is a growing source of annoyance and concern for residents. Freight traffic in particular creates its own difficulties in terms of congestion, pollution, noise and it impacts on the safety of other road users and pedestrians.

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Councillor Paddy Bourke, Lord Mayor of Dublin,
addressing participants at the BESTUFS seminar

On Tuesday 6th May, DIT hosted a national seminar in Bolton Street on ?Accommodating Urban Freight Deliveries?. This event, to an invited audience, was officially opened by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Paddy Bourke who was welcomed to DIT by Dr. Mike Murphy, Director and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

This event was part of a series of European-sponsored seminars held in various cities and part of the ?BESTUFS? (Best Urban Freight Solutions) network of which the Department of Transport Engineering at DIT is the national focal point in Ireland.

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Ms. Clare Finnegan, Dublin County Council,
addressing the Seminar on the HGV Strategy for Dublin

This information network promotes best practice for managing commercial freight and encourages European cities to work together towards a common goal of an attractive quality of life for city residents.  Welcoming participants to the Seminar, the Lord Mayor emphasised that cities are places for living and urged those present to keep that uppermost in their minds.  Admitting that he was probably the only resident of Dawson Street, he provided a first-hand account of late night and early morning deliveries to various establishments close to the Lord Mayor?s official residence, the Mansion House and commented that the topic of the Seminar was extremely important for the future development of the city.

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Ms Roisin Byrne and Mr. Tom Corrigan, Department of Transport Engineering,
with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Paddy Bourke

Speakers from Dublin City Council, the Dublin Transportation Office, Comhar (Sustainable Development Council), Cork County Council and DIT covered a range of topics ranging from the management of freight and congestion to protecting the environment in terms of emissions and noise, while the speaker from Transport for London  described their experience of freight planning.The event was sponsored by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme for Research and Development, and was organised by Mr. Tom Corrigan and Ms Roisin Byrne, Department of Transport Engineering in DIT.

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