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Commuters are being encouraged to add walking to their daily commute.

The National Transport Authority and Healthy Ireland are launching a new pilot campaign today to help commuters achieve a healthier lifestyle.

The campaign is a first step in taking a more joined-up approach across Health and Transport, linking health and sustainable travel policy together for the benefit of the commuters. The pilot will be assessing what it is that will motivate commuters to introduce more physical activity into their daily routines.

By getting off a stop early or walking to a further stop while taking the bus, Luas, or train, commuters can add a ten-minute walk to their morning or evening routes. The short-term benefits are potentially reduced stress levels, a boost in energy, and improved concentration and mood.

Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport said: “I’m delighted to support this initiative. Small changes can make a big difference and making a small change in our daily commute can help us all to achieve a healthier lifestyle.”

Minister Simon Harris TD, added “The health benefits of walking are well-known and weaving a walk into your daily commute is the best way to make a habit of it and to make sure you’re fitting in your daily 30 minute recommendation. I encourage everyone to try to get on or off one stop earlier.

“I would like to acknowledge former Irish Heart Foundation CEO, Paddy Murphy and to thank him for initially bringing this idea to my attention. Paddy has long been an advocate for promoting healthier lives and initiated the well-known Sli na Slainte walks and we look forward to assessing the progression of this concept.”

Increasing physical activity can seem like a daunting task, especially in the colder months, but when you’re already out and on the way to work or college, it’s easier than you think to make small changes to established routines.

The pilot campaign will be found on transport advertising carried on bus, train and Luas routes throughout the greater Dublin area from November 3 to 16. The feedback from the pilot will inform further campaign activity.

More information can be found on Transport for Ireland’s website here.

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Southsiders – get ready to weep.

The construction of the Metro could reportedly halt Luas Green Line services between Harcourt and Sandyford for anywhere between 18 to 24 months.

Michael McDowell, former Tanaiste and leader of the Progressive Democrats party made the claim in his weekly column in the Sunday Business Post about the stoppage.

Subscription readers of the Sunday Business Post also learnt from Mr McDowell, that every portion of the Luas Green Line would have to undergo a rebuild of their platforms to elevate them.

This comes as the National Transport Authority plans to use high floor metro trains. 

"This means, in turn, that Luas-type trams will never again be able to operate on that portion of the line," wrote Mr McDowell. 

The proposed Metro for the Dublin area would run from Swords to Sandyford, the date of completion or the start of the building has not yet been made public. 

Before construction has even commenced, the Metro has caused controversy.

Player Jonny Cooper from a Dublin GAA club, Na Fianna took to Twitter to express how the proposed plans would impact their community. 

This isn't the first time former Tanaiste, McDowell has had qualms with the "monster" Metrolink. 

In an April blog, he penned how "we could build between seven and ten surface Luas lines," with the funding for the new Metro.

"Areas such as Glasnevin, Rathfarnham, Coolock, Ballymun, Lucan, Churchtown, Sallynoggin, Deans Grange, Clonsilla, and Palmerstown could be given a Luas tram service as successful and as convenient as the existing Luas Red and Green lines."

 

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