‘Have your say’ on the vision for future of transport in Fermanagh and Omagh

Date published: 11 January 2024

From today, people living in the Fermanagh and Omagh Council area will have the opportunity to help shape proposals for the future of local transport in their District.

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The Department for Infrastructure is working with the Council and key stakeholders to draft proposals for the future transport network in the Fermanagh and Omagh Council area.  These proposals are to be set out in the Fermanagh and Omagh Sub-Regional Transport Plan 2035 (FO SRTP).

The Climate Emergency means we all have to think carefully about how we can reduce our carbon footprints and for transport, what journeys can we make by more sustainable travel modes. The FO SRTP will cover local transport issues, including active travel, public transport, the local road network and parking, and will set the framework for transport policy and investment decisions up until 2035.  People living within the Council area can now have their say on the key elements which will shape the Plan.

Sian Kerr, DfI Director of Transport Planning and Policy said:

“The future of transport really matters because the transport system, and how we travel, influences every aspect of our daily lives. That is why we want to hear from as many people as possible as we set out the draft vision and objectives for the FO SRTP. By taking a few minutes to respond to our questionnaire, residents, businesses, and visitors can help us to understand local challenges and priorities to help shape the new Transport Plan.”

The questionnaire, which is available online at the following link https://consultations2.nidirect.gov.uk/dfi-1/fosrtp2035 seeks views on a range of current transport challenges and the opportunities to improve the sustainability of the local transport system by supporting people to choose the most sustainable mode of travel for their journey. The survey closes at 5pm on Friday 9 February.  

While the FO SRTP will provide most detail on the main towns of Omagh and Enniskillen, it will also consider local transport issues across the district.

Sian added:

“As part of the engagement process we will also be holding two public pop-in events, firstly in Omagh on Tuesday 16 January and then in Enniskillen on Wednesday 17 January.  I would encourage anyone who would like to hear more about the FO SRTP or to share their views to come along.  The aspiration is to make the local transport system a facilitator of healthy sustainable communities, so we need to hear from those people who are using it every day to help us understand the challenges and how we can help to address them.”

The public engagement events will be held in the following locations:

  • Tuesday 16 January – 2pm to 4pm

Omagh – Connect Centre 16 High Street. Omagh

  • Wednesday 17 January – 2pm to 4pm

Enniskillen Library – 1 Halls Lane, Enniskillen

Notes to editors: 

  1. Further information is available on the Department’s website at the following links: https://www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/articles/fermanagh-and-omagh-transport-plan-2035 and https://www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/publications/fermanagh-and-omagh-sub-regional-transport-plan-2035-supporting-documents
  2. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at: press.office@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk
  3. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800 hrs and 0800 hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
  4. Follow the Department on Facebook @DepartmentforInfrastructure.

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