New strategy will deliver improved Limerick City bus service 

AN improved bus service is on the cards for Limerick City, along with increased bus priority to make journeys faster.

That’s according to Minister of State for Transport, Hildegard Naughton, who was answering a question from Limerick Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavin raising concerns about transport in Limerick and connections from the city to other destinations.

And the she revealed that the National Transport Authority will shortly undertake a second round of public consultation on a revised draft Limerick-Shannon metropolitan area transport strategy, which will inform transport in both locations for the next 20 years.

She said “Planned sustainable transport investment in the Limerick metropolitan area in the coming years includes upgrades to pedestrian facilities, a radical improvement in the cycle network and delivery of a BusConnects programme.

“BusConnects Limerick is an ambitious programme which will improve the quality of the bus services in the city by providing for extensive bus priority, new vehicles and increased service frequencies.

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“It will be implemented alongside a range of behavioural change measures to encourage more people to make sustainable options their preferred modes of transport.”

She said there are also a number of proposed national road projects in the Limerick area, including the N21-N69 Limerick to Foynes road, including the Adare bypass; the N21 Abbeyfeale bypass; the N21 Newcastle West bypass; the N24 Cahir to Limerick Junction road; and the N20-M20 Cork to Limerick road.
“These national road projects are at varying stages in the development process and the national development plan, NDP, funding envelope up to 2030 will enable their progression.”
But Senator Gavan said he is “disappointed” with the Minister’s reply.
“The elephant in the room is the fact that we do not have a republished Limerick-Shannon metropolitan area transport strategy.
“The first draft was so poor that councillors from all parties said it was not fit for purpose. It was due to be published last October. We are now heading towards the end of February and it is still not published. We do not know what is in it.”