Ireland outlines Transport spending plan

A total of €1.3 billion has been earmarked for public transport spending, while €2.3 billion has been set aside for investment in national and non-national roads.

Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey said the public transport allocation will be used to fund extensions to Dublin’s Luas light railway; for planning and design work on Dublin’s proposed Metro systems and Navan rail line and for continued construction work on the Kildare route project, the Western Rail Corridor and the Cork-Middleton rail line.

ireland.com – Breaking News – Transport outlines planned spend.

Wind farm plan for Cardiff Bay

THE face of the waterfront in Cardiff and Barry could be changed forever, with plans to build wind farms on dockland sites.

Ports company ABP has brought in experts to look at the possibility building wind turbines on its sites across South Wales.

Wind farm plan for Cardiff Bay – icWales.

Richards to champion design in Wales – Design Week

The Design Commission for Wales has appointed Wendy Richards, former principal urban designer at Newport City Council and Newport Unlimited, as development director.

Wendy Richards

As an experienced urban designer and landscape architect, Richards has previously been involved in delivering a number of design projects, ranging from an urban park development in Hong Kong’s New Territories to the Riverfront Theatre in Newport.

Richards believes Wales has a unique opportunity to take a strong lead in innovative design in Europe through its use of sustainable design principles.

Richards to champion design in Wales – Design Week.

France unveils Green Taxes

France’s environment ministry unveiled a system of green taxes on gas-guzzling cars and bonuses for cleaner vehicles, as part of a nationwide strategy to slash global warming emissions.

From January 1, any driver who buys a new car emitting more than 160 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (just over half a mile) will be charged a penalty of up to 2,600 euros (3,800 dollars).

The Times – Article.

Does building new roads help or hurt global warming? – International Herald Tribune

Seeking a place in the vanguard of the battle against global warming, France last month unveiled a package of ambitious pledges that included a particularly bold proposition: An end to new highway construction.

Environmentalists cheered the development, but they are watching carefully. They want the government to publish specific measures by next March, and they also want to make sure that loopholes – such as allowing new roads to relieve congestion and promote safety – are not abused.

Does building new roads help or hurt global warming? – International Herald Tribune.