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Ambitious transport strategy for Cork unveiled

Words: Roger Milne
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Half of all commuters in Cork will be using public transport, walking or cycling by 2040 under ambitious plans revealed this week by the National Transport Authority.

It has published its draft transport strategy for the greater Cork area, which proposes a 17-kilometre light rail line with 25 stops between Balloncollig and Mahon.

The line would run past Cork Institute of Technology, Cork University Hospital, Cork County Hall and University College Cork, before serving the city centre, the docklands area and Mahon Point.

Major upgrades of the Mallow and Midleton suburban rail lines are also in prospect. Six new stations are promised at Monard, Blackpool, Tivoli, Carrigtwohill West, Water Rock and Ballynoe.

The €3.5 billion blueprint includes €1.39 billion to finish the Dunkettle Interchange by 2022, the upgrade of the M28 Cork-Ringaskiddy motorway by 2028, and the North Ring Road by 2035. 

Also promised are nearly 100 km of new bus lanes, hundreds of extra buses, 200 km of new footpaths and a network of greenways and some 200 km of extra cycleways as well as bike-sharing schemes and shower facilities.

NTA chief executive officer Anne Graham said the strategy was designed to meet the transport needs of a city that is expected to double in size and population over the next 20 years.

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