Ibec welcomes preferred transport option to connect Cork and Limerick
Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed the preferred transport option to connect Cork and Limerick, stating that the proposed multi-modal transport solution will support ambitious growth targets for Cork and Limerick and has called for the project delivery timeline to be accelerated.
Ibec Head of Regional Policy Helen Leahy said: “The proposed multi-modal transport solution will improve inter-urban and inter-regional connectivity and support ambitious growth targets for Cork and Limerick. An integrated transport system, with enhanced road, public transport and active travel infrastructure for walking and cycling, will offer many co-benefits in terms of health, reducing congestion, and facilitating more accessible and vibrant communities. The recommendation for an enhanced rail service via Limerick Junction complements the road upgrade. It makes economic sense given that the other, more costly rail options that were considered would offset bus rather than car travel between Cork and Limerick cities.
“It is vital that the road upgrade scheme progresses through the design stage and moves forward to planning with urgency. The existing N20 route faces ongoing congestion issues and capacity constraints, particularly at peak periods. Capacity improvements will see benefits for passenger and freight traffic using the route, through increased journey time savings, more reliable and frequent journeys and traffic relief to towns and villages. It will also deliver much needed safety improvements for all users.
“The aim must be to accelerate the project delivery timeline. Investment decisions and planning laws must enable this. Given the significance of this particular project to the development of the region, it is vital that the entire project is delivered in the shortest timeframe, with clear timelines for completion. We look forward to engaging further on the project during the design stage.”