This paper describes the Operational Programme for Transportation in Northern Ireland (NI), for which the European Commission (EC) approved a grant of 100 million from its Structural Funds in December 1989. The programme is intended to reduce the effect's of NI's peripherality with respect to the rest of Europe, due to its separation by sea and long distance from the Continent. It aims to provide effective and efficient communication networks, and, specifically, to: (1) improve links between Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the UK and Europe; (2) to develop NI's ports and harbours to meet the needs of its economy; (3) to provide adequate facilities for the development and growth of air services; (4) to improve NI's road infrastructure; (5) to provide a transport network, catering for safe, efficient movement of people and goods while protecting and improving the environment; (6) to improve NI's transport facilities; (7) to make the most effective use of the existing infrastructure and of the resources available for transport. The Programme has four sub-programmes covering: (1) ports and harbours; (2) airports; (3) rail; (4) roads. It is significant because: (1) it is the first programme of its kind to be agreed in the UK under the new arrangements for granting EC assistance for regions; (2) it is aimed specifically at reducing the effects of peripherality. (TRRL) (Author/TRRL)

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  • Authors:
    • MacKenzie, R H
    • McEldowney, J J
  • Publication Date: 1990-8-3


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 9-13
  • Serial:
    • Planner
    • Volume: 76
    • Issue Number: 30
    • Publisher: Royal Town Planning Institute
    • ISSN: 0309-1384

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  • Accession Number: 00623792
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1992 12:00AM