Limerick City To Benefit From €1.7 Million In Sustainable Transport Funding

Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Over €1.7 million of sustainable transport grants have been announced for Limerick city today (Tuesday).

The funding, administered by the National Transport Authority, will be used to remove pinch-points, improve public transport, cycling and pedestrian links throughout the city.

€1m will be allocated to the completion of the inbound bus lane linking Ballinacurra road with the city centre, while €200,000 will be spent improving access to Colbert Train Station.
A cycle planner smartphone 'app' for Limerick city will be commissioned under the funding as well as various junction improvements to improve cycling in the city.

€70,000 will also be spent on planning and design for improved cycling links between Limerick Institute of Technology and the city centre.

Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly TD was in Limerick to announce the details which include:

  • Southern Green Route Phase 1 (€1m)– Completion of construction of an inbound lane along Ballinacurra Road from the city boundary to its junction with Childers Road forming part of the Limerick City Southern Green Route. In addition to the bus lane construction, the project also includes accompanying street improvement measures, further footpath, public lighting and traffic signal upgrades from Childers Rd to Punches Cross.
  • Limerick Metropolitan Movement Strategy (€100,000)– Development of a movement framework which will guide and frame subsequent investments in transport infrastructure covering traffic, bus, cycle and pedestrian modes.
  • Railway Station Access (€200,000)- Upgrade of Parnell Street/Davis Street access to Colbert Rail Station incorporating public realm enhancements plus bus, cycle and pedestrian access improvements.
  • Pedestrian Facilities Upgrade (€100,000) – At four locations across the city
  • Limerick City Planner App (€30,000) – Development of a cycle planner smartphone 'app' for Limerick City
  • LIT To City Centre Cycle Corridor (€70,000)- Planning and Design of improved cycle facilities linking LIT to the city centre
  • Transport Model Update (€200,000) – Updating and upgrading the Limerick City Transport Model with the new 2011 Census and 2012 National Household Survey data.

Welcoming the announcement, Paul Crowe Director of Travel & Transport at Limerick City and County Council said: "It is vital that we continue to invest in Sustainable Transport Infrastructure in Limerick. By doing so, we can improve the travel times on all our Bus Corridors and make Public Transport, Cycling and Walking more attractive and desirable modes of transport in the City."

Minister Alan Kelly said he reason for the investment is to have more people using cycling and public transport as a way of getting to and from work.

“Currently less than 5% of Limerick city commuters use the bus or the bike to get to work. That has to improve. It is far too low for a city of Limerick’s size. Combining this funding with the €9 million allocated to the Limerick Smarter Travel Demonstration Area and the future bike scheme for Limerick City, I hope to see those numbers improve substantially,” he said.

Jimmy Browne, Vice President Corporate Services & Capital Development speaking on behalf of Limerick Institute of Technology added;

“LIT warmly welcomes the additional investment in this important initiative, which enhances accessibility between the LIT's main campus at Moylish and the city centre, including our Limerick School of Art & Design campus on Clare Street. This is a significant boost to the Institute as it advances an important objective in our Campus Development Plan – Campus 2030.”

Last update:19/02/2014