Paula Cogan, Cork Chamber President said; “Today’s launch of the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy is a milestone in the development of Ireland’s second city region. The timely delivery of the strategy is essential to the delivery of Ireland 2040 and must be prioritised by the next Government. An NTA Cork office is essential to ensure focus on implementation and the first €500 million must be mobilised to push projects such as Bus Connects, the Cycle Strategy and suburban rail frequency through planning and delivery. Cork is growing apace and work must begin immediately. This growth must be underpinned with a public and sustainable transport service, network and infrastructure that ensures a thriving city region.
“It is essential that we see immediate implementation of the quick wins over the next one to two years, developing our cycle network and infrastructure, increasing rail service frequencies between the city and commuter towns, converting Mallow to a commuter station, investing in the bus services, light rail and increasing the walkability of our city. The opportunity is now. The delivery of CMATS will be transformative for Cork's economic growth and the quality of life offering of the region. As such this strategy must be placed on a statutory footing with pre-determined timelines and transparent funding.”