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IrelandLight rail network proposed for Cork under ambitious new transport strategy

15:15  14 may  2019
15:15  14 may  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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A NEW €1 BILLION light rail system for Cork city has been proposed under ambitious new transport plans from the National Transport Authority (NTA). The draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy 2040 proposes to build a light rail network running between Ballincollig to

The Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) includes new commuter rail stations, 100km of new bus lanes and the electrification of the suburban rail network . "This strategy is a very ambitious strategy , but it's based on the Government's ambitious plans for Cork , which will see the

Light rail network proposed for Cork under ambitious new transport strategy © Getty Images St Patrick's Quay on the north channel of river Lee. Cork City, Ireland A NEW €1 BILLION light rail system for Cork city has been proposed under ambitious new transport plans from the National Transport Authority (NTA).

The draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy 2040 proposes to build a light rail network running between Ballincollig to Mahon via the city centre in conjunction with increased bus services and improved cycling infrastructure.

Light rail network proposed for Cork under ambitious new transport strategy © Philip Watkin 3Ddesignshop.com Cork's proposed new light-rail system on Washington street.

It’s estimated that this new Luas-style tram system will carry 46 million passengers per year and will take 27 minutes to travel from Ballincollig to Cork city centre.

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A new east-west Light Rail line between Ballincollig and Mahon will provide a new transport choice for This Strategy proposes to maximise opportunities offered by the existing suburban rail network to Post: Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy , Jacobs Transport Planning Team, Mahon

“ Transport doesn’ t only shape our daily lives and determine how we get around London,” writes London’s mayor Sadiq Khan in the introduction to the transport strategy his office published last month. “It can create new opportunities for Londoners and shape the character of our city.”

Under the plan, the light rail newtork will run in conjunction with improved bus and suburban rail services in the city, the NTA has said.

The authority proposes to bring 220 new double-decker vehicles into service with a total of 200km of cross city routes planned to come on-stream under its BusConnects plan.

Light rail network proposed for Cork under ambitious new transport strategy © Getty Images Elevated View of Cork city, the River Lee and Kent train station Under the €545 million bus improvements part of the transport strategy, the NTA plans to increase Cork’s bus lane network from 14 kilometres to 100 kilometres by 2040.

As well as light rail, Cork’s current suburban rail network will be developed with new train stations planned at the following locations:

  • Tivoli Docks
  • Dunkettle
  • Water Rock
  • Ballynoe
  • Carrigtwohill West
  • Blackpool / Kilbarry
  • Monard
  • Blarney / Stoneview

The overall transport strategy for Cork is estimated to cost €3.5 billion.

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A €3.5 billion transport plan for Cork has been unveiled. It includes proposals for a €1 billion light rail tram The draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy - which has been published online - includes a New rail stations are being planned for Tivoli Docks; Dunkettle; Water Rock; Ballynoe

Light rail network proposed for Cork under ambitious new transport strategy . One of those guidelines concerns pubs. The original plan had been to re-open them at the beginning of Phase Five in August, but under the new plans pubs that serve food will be permitted to open when Phase Three

In addition to public transport, the ambitious plans also propose increasing walking and cycling in Cork City.

Light rail network proposed for Cork under ambitious new transport strategy Proposed Light Rail Network for Cork City Improvements to cycling routes around the city include proposals to segregate routes along waterfront areas as well as develop a 200 kilometre cycling network.

“For Cork to grow sustainably as forecast its street network must facilitate more walking and cycling,” the NTA has said.

Its arterial routes must also prioritise the movement of buses, according to the authority.

Within the city, streets will have “more of a place function and will require a greater emphasis on liveability, motor traffic restraint and traffic calming.”

As a result, new roads will be required in some cases to “unlock housing and commercial development and to support local access in planned growth areas,” the NTA has said. The road improvement portion of the strategy is estimated to cost €1.4 billion.

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Auckland Transport is investigating light rail on six main arterial roads, based on I think that light rail is a fantastic idea. I think though that instead of Auckland Transport looking to projects Without introducing trams to complement the proposed .5 billion city rail link, buses arriving in downtown

Light rail network proposed for Cork under ambitious new transport strategy © Philip Watkin Cork's proposed new light-rail system on Washington street. The draft strategy also proposes to restrict heavy goods vehicles in the city centre.

NTA CEO Anne Graham has said the ambitious plans “will deliver an accessible, integrated transport network that enables the sustainable growth of the Cork Metropolitan Area as a dynamic, connected, and internationally competitive European city region as envisaged by the National Planning Framework 2040.”

“An exciting vision of transport that will encourage more people to use sustainable modes is at the core of this strategy.”

The plans will now be put out for a six-week public consultation period, beginning on 5 June at the Imperial Hotel in Cork City.

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