The increasing influence of the greater Dublin Area on urban centres around it has raised the issue of commuter towns with little daytime economic activity.
These towns are becoming dormitory towns for Dublin eg: Naas / Carlow. This is threatening the viability of those town centres etc. While Kilkenny is not yet a victim of this pattern any improvements in the rail connectivity to Dublin could precipitate this behavior.
To counter this, the plan should aim to promote the railway as a way to bring workers into Kilkenny rather than facilitate commuters living in Kilkenny and working in Dublin. This can best be done by ensuring that quality employment facilities are located in the immediate vicinity of the railway station.
This will make for improved economic activity in the city and make Kilkenny a convenient employment destination for commuters hoping to make use of public transport who live in the catchment of the rail corridor from Sallins to Waterford.
It will greatly contribute to the viability of the rail connection by creating traffic in the opposite direction to the masses heading to Dublin daily.
This can only be done by creating a policy of creating skilled professional employment areas in the vicinity of the Railway Station and zoning land appropriately.