A NEW train station in Moyross and the provision of high quality cycle routes between the city’s three third level institutions are the main Limerick elements in a programme of sustainable travel initiatives announced this morning by Transport Minister Eamon Ryan.
The Pathfinder Programme includes 35 major transport projects to be delivered by local authorities and agencies around the country within the next three years.
The Moyross project will deliver a new train station in a growing area of suburban Limerick, which is undergoing significant regeneration. It is also a key element of the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy 2040 to support compact growth and improve connectivity for the area’s growing population.
Funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA), it will provide tangible benefits to the local area and facilitate a significant modal shift to more sustainable modes of travel.
The development of high-quality cycle routes between the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and the TUS Moylish campus will also create enhanced cross-city connectivity. The cycle routes will also include several primary and secondary schools and further education centres.
Welcoming the local initiatives, Limerick Green Party TD Brian Leddin said that Moyross would have the first new train station in the Midwest in more than a century, and the first of a number of new stations across the city and suburbs, as Limerick grows its population to 150,000 or more.
“The growth of the city will be underpinned by rail infrastructure and development of sites near the new stations. It is the sustainable way forward which will also enable our city to grow fast and become a vibrant, viable, attractive European city,” he explained.
“I am especially happy that the first new train station will be at Moyross. I gave a commitment that I would do everything I could to see this project come to fruition. Moyross is a proud part of our city and the new station will be a catalyst for significant investment, development and new employment there.”
“The Moyross train station and the plan to link the third level campuses with high quality cycle routes will be hugely beneficial to Limerick and will see it change from a car-dependent one to one which has sustainable travel at its core,” Deputy Leddin added.