Research begins on Green Party push to take cars out of city centres

Next month’s Climate Action Plan likely to include a radical overhaul of urban car use in effort to cut carbon emissions

Anne Graham, chief executive of the National Transport Authority: producing a demand management scheme next year that would be designed to reduce transport emissions by the end of the decade. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is conducting research into how to reduce the number of cars and pedestrianise large swathes of Ireland’s main cities as part of the government’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

The modelling on how pedestrianise significant parts of Irish city centres will inform the next Climate Action Plan, which is due to be published in November.

Transport is the second-highest sector behind agriculture in terms of Ireland’s emissions, and we will ...