Updated Preferred Route Options published with public consultation to run until Monday 18 December
Sustainable Transport Corridors a key element of the BusConnects Cork programme
Updated proposals for eleven sustainable transport corridors as part of the BusConnects Cork programme have been published today by the National Transport Authority (NTA) for a third round of public consultation.
The latest round of public consultation on the Sustainable Transport Corridors centres on the updated Preferred Route Options for all eleven corridors. This comes following two rounds of public consultation between June and October 2022 and between March and May 2023.
BusConnects Cork is a €600m programme of work that aims to transform the city’s bus system, making public transport more accessible to more people. By delivering approximately 91kms of new bus lanes and bus priority and 98km of cycle facilities (one direction) delivering 49km of the cycle network, BusConnects Cork will make travel by bus, as well as active travel, a more attractive option while also reducing carbon emissions and congestion.
Approximately 4,400 submissions were made by the public during the second round of consultation and the NTA undertook approximately 30 meetings with residents, business and special interest groups over the past summer.
Following the second round of public consultation, the NTA has been making refinements along each corridor to take into consideration both the submissions received by the public and ongoing local community engagement. In addition, there has been further technical design work and urban realm improvements along each corridor.
This extensive two-way engagement has informed the design process and several changes have been made to the proposals. Among the changes are:
Since the first public consultation in June 2022, there has been an approximate 48% reduction in the number of properties that may be impacted by the proposed development of the Sustainable Transport Corridors as well as nearly 43% reduction in the number of on-street parking spaces that may be removed and approximately 37% reduction in the number of roadside trees that may be removed.
Consultation on the updated proposals begins today and runs until Monday, 18 December 2023. A series of public information events will be hosted across Cork city during November. Dates, times and venues are available at www.busconnects.ie/cork. Leaflets will also be delivered to almost one hundred thousand addresses in Cork in the coming days with information about the consultation.
All submissions in the third round of public consultation will be reviewed by the NTA. Following this, the NTA will finalise the Preferred Route Options for all eleven corridors. The scheme designs will be further developed and statutory consent applications to An Bord Pleanála will be prepared, inclusive of transport and environmental impact assessments. At this stage, as part of the formal planning application to ABP, there will be a statutory public consultation process also.
Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA, said: “Since the launch of the second round of consultation, we’ve engaged extensively with community and business groups across the city and sought to respond constructively to the issues raised. The updated proposals we’re putting forward in collaboration with Cork City Council have helped to mitigate many of the issues raised by community and business groups.
“Cork is a growing city and needs a bus network that works for a rapidly transforming city. As key part of the BusConnects Cork programme, the development of the Sustainable Transport Corridors will help future proof Cork’s bus system and create safe cycling across the city as it continues to grow.
“I would invite the people of Cork to share their feedback on the updated proposals for the eleven corridors. Your views and input will help to shape the final proposals which will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála from next year.”
Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council said: “The delivery of the planned programme of improvements under Bus Connects is critical to the ongoing development of Cork City. The improved bus frequencies, journey time reliability and other measures will transform the ease with which people will be able to access and move across our city into the future.
“The planned investment in Cork’s public transport offering is also critical to the delivery on decarbonisation and the achievement of our Mission City climate neutrality targets over the period to 2030.”
For further details visit Sustainable Transport Corridors – Busconnects Cork