Limerick community deserves better treatment from council

Fianna Fáil councillor Catherine Slattery on the Old Cork Road.

THE community on the Old Cork Road deserves better treatment from Limerick City and County Council.

That’s according to Fianna Fáil councillor Catherine Slattery, who says that the area had no bus service before she was elected.

“I actively made representation to Bus Éireann and a limited bus service was restored,” the City East representative told the Limerick Post.

“I continued my representation and Bus Éireann gave the Old Cork Road a full bus service which residents were delighted about.”

However there is no turning point for the bus on the Old Cork Road.

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“The buses have to go out the Tipperary Road to turn and come back to go into the city centre, so we still have no full bus service until a turning point is identified. All we have is three services a day,” Cllr Slattery said.

“The Council identified a turning point at Ros Mór and I am linking in with the project manager constantly for updates. I was told that works will start in the third quarter of 2023, but when I asked if the roundabout for the bus would be completed by September 2023, I was told no.”

“This is just ridiculous. Our children and elderly people need this service now,” she says.

“It is the same with the graveyard boundary wall. I was given a commitment nearly four years ago and not one sod of earth has been turned to start the wall.

“I am now being told the roundabout and the graveyard boundary wall that works will be linked and start together. I am now calling on Limerick City and County Council to start works as soon as possible on both the roundabout, that will give the area a proper bus service, and the graveyard boundary wall, which will stop antisocial behaviour such as scrambler bikes and horses coming through the gaps that are currently there.

“The community on the Old Cork Road deserve better treatment from the Council and I will make sure that this happens.”

In response, Limerick City and County Council said its Active Travel team is currently conducting site investigations and pavement condition surveys which will inform the detailed design of the works.

“Efforts are being made to accelerate these actions, including the examination of appointing a framework contractor to expedite the tender process, to ensure the works are delivered as soon as possible,” a Council spokesman said.