Construction to start on Smarter Travel project

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Untitled-1 by Kathy Masterson

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WORK is due to begin this summer on an improved walking and cycling track along the banks of the Shannon from Corbally to Plassey.

The Limerick Smarter Travel project, which will run from the Guinness Bridge in Corbally to the UL Boat Club in Plassey, has been warmly welcomed by both Limerick City and County Council and the University of Limerick.

Senior engineer Pat O’Neill said Limerick Smarter Travel has taken into consideration that the planned refurbishments are located in a special area of conservation.

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“To date, every effort has been taken to make sure the proposed improvements are in keeping with the qualities and character of the locale, while addressing the needs of local residents and visitors to the area.

“The construction of the new walking and cycling surface will wind around trees and historic structures. This type of construction reduces the impact of development on the bank but also promotes universal accessibility to this nature area,” explained Mr ‘Neill.

Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan said he believes the refurbished walkway will entice people to leave the car at home.

UL President Professor Don Barry said: “The University of Limerick is the most beautiful campus in Ireland, but not only is it of benefit to staff and students, it is also a place that the people of Limerick and the surrounding areas can enjoy.

“The UL Smarter Travel Scheme is a significant initiative on campus, the central aim of which is the promotion of sustainable travel patterns among our 15,000 UL staff and students, encouraging walking, cycling, taking the bus and car sharing.”

The new walkway will begin where the Park Canal meets the River Shannon, following the path along the River Shannon to the Boat House in Plassey and joins with existing walking and cycling paths on the campus grounds.

Three new footbridges will be constructed along the route and the existing bridge will be widened.

New public lighting, signage and CCTV will also be installed along the route.

For more information on the project and other Limerick Smarter Travel initiatives, go to www.limericksmartertravel.ie.