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, and Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the plan aims to greatly enhance transport in Cork, which is expected to see a population growth of between 50 and 60 per cent by 2040 according to the NTA.

Dr Crowley said attitudes like last year’s opposition to the bus corridor on Patrick’s Street would be one of the “main stumbling blocks” in implementing the plan.

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