The National Transport Authority has published its Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 31 December 2022.
2022 was a year of huge significance for the National Transport Authority (“NTA”) and for the travelling public.
It was a year when we guided the public transport system from a mini-lockdown in January, to levels of passenger demand that hadn’t been seen since pre-Covid by the end of the year.
It was also a year when we were able to deliver significant changes to the fares and ticketing for our customers. Thanks to the introduction of a Young Adult and Student Leap Card, fares for young people were reduced by 50%, while fares for everybody else were reduced by 20%.
Implementation of Connecting Ireland
The implementation of Connecting Ireland got under way in earnest in 2022, with the introduction of 37 new or enhanced bus routes in rural Ireland. In Dublin, we improved bus services for communities across the region with the implementation of two phases of the BusConnects network redesign.
In terms of climate action, we ordered 165 battery-electric single and double deck buses for use on urban services.
We also ordered an additional 90 new DART carriages, bringing to 185, the number that are now in production for delivery to Ireland from next year.
It was also a year of delivery for Active Travel, with investment of €310m in hundreds of projects in every city and county.
The coming years
In the coming years, we are likely to see unprecedented levels of activity in terms of investment in transport infrastructure and services. The work that we have done in 2022 has laid the ground work for much of that investment, and means we are geared up to face the challenges that lie ahead.
2021 Report for reference: NTA Annual Report 2021