Fine Gael General Election Candidate Senator Maria Byrne has confirmed that the National Transport Authority (NTA) is currently preparing a draft Limerick-Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (LSMATS).
It is expected that the NTA intends to publish a draft for the transport initiative for Limerick city and its environs during the first three months of 2020, which will be available for public consultation. After this a final strategy will be published for the implementation of the Limerick transport programme.
“This update from the NTA is much-welcomed,” said Ms Byrne. “The current Public Transport system in Limerick is having a negative impact on the quality of life of so many people. It is vital that these problems are addressed immediately.”
Senator Maria Byrne has been consistently raising the issue of ‘poor bus services’ operating in Limerick city.
Whilst welcoming the progress, Senator Byrne has raised her concerns that the National Transport Authority’s main focus and financial resources are currently going towards BusConnects, the long-term plan to improve bus services across the Dublin region.
“It is vital that we see a similar Bus Connects type investment programme for Limerick as soon as possible,” she said.
“My fear is that the NTA is now fully focused on delivering Bus Connects, the overhaul of Dublin’s bus system, and Limerick will become second fiddle yet again.
“For the thousands of commuters across Limerick who are regularly late for school, college and work it is crucial that the transport strategy is introduced as a matter of urgency.
“When introduced, the LSMATS will help tackle issues such as long bus routes across the city, incorrect real time information on both the NTA Real-Time App and at bus stops,” added Ms Byrne.
According to the NTA, the public transport licensing agency is also progressing consideration of revisions to the network of bus services in Limerick with services to Mungret Village being included in such considerations.