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Cautious welcome for Transport Plan

A “complete mindset change” will be needed by city councillors if Cork’s new transport plan is to be delivered, a leading economist has said. Dr Frank Crowley from UCC Business School has said the proposed €3.5 billion Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) will involve a “significant change” in order for it to work after it was published this week by the National Transport Authority (NTA). The long-awaited proposal includes a €1 billion Luas-style system for the city, a 700 per cent increase in bus lanes from 14 to 100km citywide, new train stations and investments in roads and cycling infrastructure. Developed by the NTA in conjunction with Cork City Council, Cork County Council

Newstalk Breakfast interview on CMATS

UP NEXT: National Transport Authority tomorrow launches a €3.5 bn transport plan for Cork, including a €1 bn light rail system between Ballincollig and Mahon Point. Dr. Frank Crowley, Lecturer of Econ at UCC’s Cork Business School joins to discuss #bknt @frankgcrowley Look back at previous show here

Light rail system, new bus lanes part of Cork city transport strategy

An economist at University College Cork said huge investments must be made in public transport in Cork city in order to make it an attractive place for businesses. Dr Frank Crowley pointed out that Cork is positioned to be the fastest-growing city in the Ireland 2040 report, with a population growth of over 50%. It was clear, he said, that public transport needed to be the priority in any transport strategy, otherwise the city would not grow properly. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he that car dependency in Cork is at 74%. Dr Crowley said one of the key issues was a lack of people living in the city core and he believed the Luas would be critical to unlocking apartment building within t

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