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Midlands Gateway or Lake-Counties Gateway

Midlands or Lake-Counties Gateway
Midlands Gateway & Tri-Pole Populations
Midlands Gateway Popular Routes

Centered between the major Irish airports, as Dublin, Shannon, and Knock, with ever improving ground infrastructure, the Irish government and local authorities plan to alleviate urban problems, by decentralising to growing gateways such as the Midlands Gateway of Offaly and Westmeath. According to the Irish National Development plan the Midlands gateway objectives are to reinforce and further develop strong links between these towns and the neighbouring urban centres, by means of infrastructure and services in order to maximise internal and external accessibility as a location for investment business development and tourism. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Mullingar Code: WH Area: 1,764 km² Population (2006) 79,403 Website: www. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 510 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1395 × 1641 pixel, file size: 284 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Midland Gateway Popular routes identified in green, for EIRE and Blue for six Counties of Ulster National_Roads_2007_05. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 510 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1395 × 1641 pixel, file size: 284 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Midland Gateway Popular routes identified in green, for EIRE and Blue for six Counties of Ulster National_Roads_2007_05. ... Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB, ICAO: EIDW), or Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath in Irish, is operated by the Dublin Airport Authority plc. ... Shannon Airport (IATA: SNN, ICAO: EINN), or Aerfort na Sionna in Irish is an airport in Ireland. ... Horan International Airport (IATA Airport Code: NOC) more commonly called Knock International Airport (see Knock), is located near Charlestown, County Mayo, Ireland. ...


The counties immediately concerned are those of County Offaly and County Westmeath. The neighbouring counties are County Cavan, County Laois, County Longford, County Meath, County Monaghan, County Roscommon, and nearby Ulster counties. Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Tullamore Code: OY Area: 1,999 km² Population (2006) 70,604 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Mullingar Code: WH Area: 1,764 km² Population (2006) 79,403 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Cavan Code: CN Area: 1,931 km² Population (2006) 63,961 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Portlaoise Code: LS Area: 1,719 km² Population (2006) 69,012 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Longford Code: LD Area: 1,091 km² Population (2006) 34,361 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Navan Code: MH Area: 2,342 km² Population (2006) 162,831 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Monaghan Code: MN Area: 1,294 km² Population (2006) 55,816 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Connacht County Town: Roscommon Code: RN Area: 2,547 km² (983 mi²) Population (2006) 58,700 County Roscommon (Irish: ) is a county located in central Ireland. ... This article is about the nine-county Irish province. ...


The principle urban centres concerned with the 'Midlands Gateway are Athlone, Tullamore and Mullingar. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference N033420 Statistics Province: Leinster & Connaught County: Dáil Éireann: Westmeath European Parliament: East Dialling Code: 090, +353 90 Elevation: 56 m Population (2006) 16,888 Town: 6,970 Rural: 9,918  Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... For the place in Canada, see Mullingar, Saskatchewan. ...


Objective

The proposed combined County council strategy aspires to provide the basis for the development of a world class, knowledge-based and competitive gateway. The strategy is designed to create an integrated linked Gateway comprising Athlone,[1] Tullamore[2] and Mullingar[3] together with the other surrounding towns in the region with the objective of developing internationally competitive Gateway. The designation and development of the Midlands gateway is aimed at providing the basis to develop a range of high quality employment and educational opportunities centred on first-rate accessibility and mobility. The Irish government[4] strategy, combined with the associated councils has been formulated with the intention of ensuring the availability of choice in residential, retail, leisure and tourist facilities based on the principles of quality of life and environmental enhancement. It is hoped that this strategy, when implemented, will support economic development in adjoining counties to the Midlands Gateway. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference N033420 Statistics Province: Leinster & Connaught County: Dáil Éireann: Westmeath European Parliament: East Dialling Code: 090, +353 90 Elevation: 56 m Population (2006) 16,888 Town: 6,970 Rural: 9,918  Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... For the place in Canada, see Mullingar, Saskatchewan. ... The Government (Irish: ) [ral̪ˠt̪ˠəs̪ˠ n̪ˠə heːɼən̪ˠ] is the cabinet that exercises executive authority in the Republic of Ireland. ...


Vision for the Midlands Gateway to the year 2020

The development of a world class, knowledge based and competitive gateway, underpinned by quality urban structure and environment, excellent infrastructure and a visionary leadership which maximises quality of life for its citizens. 2020 (MMXX) will be a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A background to this project is the Government’s National Spatial Strategy, which was launched in 2002 with the objective of engendering a more balanced approach to regional development across the State. The purpose of this Strategic Framework is to focus more directly on the role of the Midlands Gateway within this Strategy in acting as the economic driving force for the development of the Midlands region. The National Development Plan was created to develop Irelands infrastructure to help invest the rewards from the economic success of the Celtic Tiger National Development Plan (NDP) is the title given by the Irish Government to a scheme of organised large-scale expenditure on (mainly) national infrastructure. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Achieving the Vision

In order to ensure that the vision for the Midlands Gateway is fully achieved, the following partners are of critical importance to the Midlands gateways success: Involvement and participation of most important stakeholders/agencies responsible for achieving the vision, including Government Departments, Industrial Development Authority (Ireland), National Roads Authority NRA, Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and local agencies; IDA Ireland is the agency responsible for industrial development in Ireland. ... The National Roads Authority (NRA) (Irish: An tÚdarás um Bóithre Náisiúnta) is a State body in the Republic of Ireland, responsible for the national road network. ...


Development of a long-term strategic approach regarding the development, advancement and promotion of the Midlands Gateway;


Clear integration of the three principal Gateway towns of Athlone, Tullamore and Mullingar so as to form a seamless ‘linked gateway’;


Incorporation of the Strategic Development Framework for the Midlands Gateway into the Regional Planning Guidelines for the Midlands Region;


Ongoing monitoring and review of the Strategic Development Framework to ensure its success.


Transportation Accessibility Mobility Internal & External to the Gateway


One of the most essential requirements that will ensure the successful operation of a Gateway is the provision of high quality transport infrastructure so as to provide the necessary levels of internal and external accessibility and mobility. Currently, the Gateway does not have direct access to complete Inter-Urban Motorways/Dual-Carriageways, both internally and externally. The Gateway, and in particular the three principal Gateway towns of Athlone, Tullamore and Mullingar, is served by main line inter-urban rail and bus networks, with direct access to urban centres of Dublin, Galway and Sligo, and limited local bus services. However, there is poor rail connection within the Gateway. In addition, the Gateway is not directly served by an inland port and, of critical importance, is not currently within one hour drive time of an international airport. There is poor road linkage between the Gateways towns, with limited rail and bus service links. Based on the road development proposals announced in the Transport 21 Government Proposal (November, 2005), the Midlands Gateway will attain improved and direct access to the above mentioned national urban centres, and therefore also to ports and airports. There is a need to considerably improve the road infrastructure within and adjacent to the Gateway, as the existing status is significantly insufficient. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference N033420 Statistics Province: Leinster & Connaught County: Dáil Éireann: Westmeath European Parliament: East Dialling Code: 090, +353 90 Elevation: 56 m Population (2006) 16,888 Town: 6,970 Rural: 9,918  Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... For the place in Canada, see Mullingar, Saskatchewan. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference M300256 Statistics Province: Connacht County: Dáil Éireann: Galway West European Parliament: North-West Dialling Code: 091 Postal District(s): G Area: 50. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference G685354 Statistics Province: Connacht County: Elevation: 13 m Population (2006)  - Town:  - Rural:   17,892 [1]  24,096[1] Website: www. ...


Overall, the Gateway's current position is deficient in terms of transportation, accessibility and mobility.


Overall Indecon Report Conclusions

The scale of the economic challenges facing the Midlands Gateway is very large. The analysis in the Strategic development Framework for the Midlands Gateway report [5] (listed below), has highlighted the following challenges:

  • The absence of a critical mass of population, employment and infrastructure in the Gateway;
  • The extremely low levels of value-added and productivity in the existing manufacturing base in the region, which leaves the Gateway vulnerable to significant further job losses;
  • The persistence of socio-economic barriers, including noticeably higher unemployment, lower educational attainment, and social deprivation/exclusion in certain areas in the Midlands counties;
  • The failure of the region to capture a higher share of tourism activity and to develop higher value tourism product areas; and
  • The absence of a strong, identifiable ‘brand’ for the Midlands Gateway, which gives the Gateway and surrounding region strong visibility as an attractive location for live and work.
  • The reporters Simpson and Associates, strongly believe that unless the strategies recommended in this report are implemented, the potential for the area to develop as a significant Gateway is limited and this, like all the other elements of the (original National Spatial Strategy), now called the National Development Plan,[5] would remain aspirational.
  • If, however, the recommendations in this report are implemented, we believe there is a real opportunity for significant progress to be made.

The National Development Plan was created to develop Irelands infrastructure to help invest the rewards from the economic success of the Celtic Tiger National Development Plan (NDP) is the title given by the Irish Government to a scheme of organised large-scale expenditure on (mainly) national infrastructure. ...

Epilogue

This above mentioned report represents a major step in collaboration between the Westmeath and Offaly County Councils in developing the Gateway. While there will be significant challenges in implementing the gateway concept, this framework represents the key first step forward and, when followed by the other actions recommended, could see the full implementation of this element of the National Spacial Strategy (NSS).[6] This might provide the basis the basis for developing a successful competitive gateway.


References

  1. ^ http://www.athlonechamber.ie
  2. ^ http://www.tullamorechamber.com
  3. ^ http://www.mullingarchamber.ie/
  4. ^ http://www.finance.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=4586&CatID=54&StartDate=1+January+2007&m=p
  5. ^ a b Strategic development Framework for the Midlands Gateway report
  6. ^ http://www.ndp.ie|National-Development Plan

Other External References

  • Westmeath.ie
  • Offaly.ie
  • Midlands Gateway
  • Finance Ministers Mr. Brian Cowen's Speech 02 March 2007
  • Strategic Development Framework For The MIDLANDS GATEWAY

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