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The Dublin–Belfast corridor (population 3.3 million) is a term used to loosely describe a geographical area that encompasses the cities of Dublin and Belfast and the area between. The term has been used in papers regarding planning strategies in the area, with the aim of capitalising on the expanding economies of both cities.
The main economic engines of the region are the Greater Dublin Area and the Belfast Metropolitan Area. Greater Dublin has a GDP of around €85 billion (2012) while Belfast Metropolitan Area has €30 bn (2013) giving a total regional GDP of €115 bn.
Tertiary institutions and their student numbers
- University of Ulster – 24,640 (2016/17)
- Queen's University Belfast – 23,850 (2016/17)
- University College Dublin – 32,900 (2014/15)
- Dublin Institute of Technology – 22,000
- Trinity College Dublin – 15,000
- Maynooth University – 10,600
- Dublin City University – 10,000
- Dublin Business School – 9,000
- Dundalk Institute of Technology – 5,000+
There is also the Enterprise train service connecting the two city regions.
There are three major airports: Dublin Airport (25 million passengers; 2008), Belfast International Airport (5 million passengers; 2007) and Belfast City Airport (2 million passengers; 2007) which together deal with 32 million passengers each year.
For the two cities:
- Dublin is served by the Dublin Suburban Rail network, Dublin Bus network, Luas tram network, Dublin Area Rapid Transit and the planned MetroLink.
- Belfast is served by the Belfast Suburban Rail network and Metro (Belfast) bus service. A rapid transport system for Belfast has received European Union funding.
- Economy of Dublin
- Economy of Belfast
- Cork-Limerick-Galway corridor
- Central belt Scotland (Glasgow-Edinburgh) (3.5m)
- Oresund Region
- Tricity Poland
- List of European city regions
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