New Limerick Transport Strategy to begin in early 2018
By ilovelimerick correspondent Frances Watkins
Limerick City and County Council in partnership with The National Transport Authority is commencing the process of developing a new Limerick Transport Strategy (LTS).
The purpose of the Limerick Transport Strategy is to deliver an integrated Transport Strategy for the Limerick City region and to promote and encourage sustainable transport.
The Limerick Transport Strategy will set out a series of actions and measures, covering infrastructural, operational and policy elements to be implemented in Limerick over the next 20 years and will outline a framework to deliver the projects in a phased manner.
This strategy will take account of current and predicted population, the new National Planning Framework – Ireland 2040, national transport policies, existing plans and strategies in the region, existing transport assets and opportunities.
The Limerick Transport Strategy will consider all transportation modes including walking, cycling, buses, coaches, Bus Rapid Transit Systems (BRTS), light rail, heavy rail, car sharing and private cars in developing a comprehensive transport strategy for the Limerick City region.
A number of sources have called for a light rail network for the city, described as “once in a generation opportunity to build a modern 21st-century transport network that will be lost if the council does not act, with serious consequences for future investment for the city,” by Limerick-based Senator Paul Gavan.
It is envisaged that expert transport advisers will be appointed by the end of 2017 with work on the Limerick Transport Strategy beginning in early 2018.
The public is also being asked to contribute their ideas for the strategy. There will be a comprehensive public consultation process as part of the development of the LTS.
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