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Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell, Brian Kennedy, Director of Service for Transportation and Mobility at Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Brigid Teefy Cllr John Egan, Cllr PJ Carey, Dan Slavin, Senior Executive Engineer, Active Travel,
Diarmuid Sheehy, Executive Engineer, Roads and Josh Prenderville, Communications Officer, Active Travel pictured in Bruff at one of the new Rural Bus shelters around the city and county.
Pic: Don Moloney

Limerick City & County Council has become one of the first local authorities in Ireland to begin the rollout of bus shelters in rural areas

Limerick City & County Council has become one of the first local authorities in Ireland to begin the rollout of bus shelters in rural areas
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell pictured with Director of Service for Transportation and Mobility at Limerick City and County Council, Brian Kennedy. Pic: Don Moloney

The shelters, which have been installed following a funding allocation from the National Transport Authority (NTA), have been constructed specifically in areas with populations of less than 1,500. 

Facilities are operational in Hospital, Mungret, Askeaton and Bruff following works that have been completed in the last number of weeks. 

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell, said, “I’m delighted to see Limerick leading the way as one of the first local authorities in the country to focus on rural areas for the rollout of this key infrastructure.


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“Ensuring rural areas are well connected and well served by facilities is key as Limerick continues to develop its public transport offering and attempts to meet its emissions targets. Any amenity that encourages people to avail of the increased level of bus services being rolled out across county Limerick is a positive and I look forward to seeing the new shelters in use.” 

The installation of the shelters follows the continued rollout of the NTA’s Connecting Ireland plan across Limerick and the rest of the country.  

The plan proposes an overall increase of approximately 25 per cent in rural bus services nationally over the next number of years.  

Diarmuid Sheehy, Executive Engineer, Roads; Cllr PJ Carey, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell, Cllr Brigid Teefy; Dan Slavin, Senior Executive Engineer, Active Travel and Brian Kennedy, Director of Service for Transportation and Mobility at Limerick City and County Council. Pic: Don Moloney

Director of Service for Transportation and Mobility at Limerick City and County Council, Brian Kennedy, commented, “Limerick City & County Council continues to be committed to delivering high-quality transport infrastructure in all areas of the city and county.

“These rural bus shelters are part of a wider vision in the Active Travel team and the Transport and Mobility directorate to ensure connectivity via public transport, as well as walking and cycling, is enhanced significantly across Limerick in the coming years.” 

Site conditions are now being examined in anticipation of installing further shelters in Kilmallock (x2), Caherconlish (x2) and Cloghkeating (Patrickswell). 

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