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Cork city and its suburbs are to benefit from an €8.3m investment in sustainable transport projects, announced today by Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly.
Part of the regional cities sustainable transport programme, the funding will go towards improving the walking, cycling and public transport experience for city commuters.
Just 8pc of commuters in Cork city and the suburbs use public transport compared to 21pc in Dublin. Meanwhile, just 2pc of Cork’s commuters use bikes to get to and from school and work.
“We want more people to use public transport, cycle and walk to work or school,” said Minister Kelly. “But people need the necessary infrastructure to make the choice to change their mode of travel. This investment programme is a welcome step to improve local traffic pinch points and to enhance more sustainable transport patterns for the people of Cork City. We don’t have as much funding as we want but we are making the best use of what we have.”
Almost €1m will be spent on projects on a new city centre movement strategy designed to relocate road space on the city centre streets facilitating public transport in order to reduce journey times and improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
A further €600,000 will be spent on improving access to Kent station, while €500,000 is earmarked for improving the links to the city centre.
Funding will also be used to complete projects started last year, including a new cycle route to connect the city centre to University College Cork and cycle corridors to link both Douglas and the Ballyvolane to the city centre.
The investment will be used to complete the first phase of the Carrigaline Green Route and to begin the second phase to improve the bus and cycling provision along Maryborough Hill.
The Minister has also reiterated his commitment to bringing a bike-rental scheme to Cork city. An advertising programme seeking a potential sponsor for such a scheme has been undertaken and Minister Kelly reported ‘good progress.’”
“I would be hopeful that Cork city can secure a sponsor for this scheme. The NTA and my Department are actively working on proposals and there is some time to run but there has been some interest in Cork city.”