Limerick City will get a BusConnect like plan to deal with its poor public transport system, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Limerick Senator Maria Byrne raised the issue of the poor city bus services operating in the city with her Government colleague, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD.
And now Senator Byrne can confirm that work is underway to develop a Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy which will evaluate the potential for a BusConnect type investment programme for Limerick.
Senator Byrne said: “I raised the issue with the Minister after being contacted by commuters who are constantly late for school, college and work. Commuters across Limerick city face long bus routes across the city, incorrect real time information on both the NTA Real- Time app and at bus stops”
“I welcome the announcement from the Minster Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD that work is underway to develop a Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy with a public consultation to take place this year and that the NTA is working in partnership with the local authority in Limerick to develop this strategy”
“The strategy will evaluate the potential for a BusConnect type investment programme for Limerick and it will provide the backstop to where the increased levels of investment available will be directed.
“Having recently joined commuters on their daily commute from Limerick City to UL to get a full understanding of the issues faced by regular commuters on Limerick city Bus Services, I do welcome these long term strategies however the immediate issues facing commuters on a daily basis have to be dealt with. The current situation is having a negative impact on the quality of life of so many people in Limerick city and Bus Eireann needs to address these problems immediately.
“Commuters have been highlighting issues with the bus service for some time now on social media and with good reason. The current city bus services are not fit for purpose”
“Separately, Minister Ross confirmed the NTA will be providing funding for a wide range of cycling and walking improvements across the city this year including funding for the Castletroy Greenway which is most welcome news for commuters”
Link to the video of Minister Ross’s confirmation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQV3bvYcTGc