Minister for Public & Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly has today (Wednesday) announced over €1.4 million in funding for transport projects for Waterford and Limerick cities. The funding has been allocated through the National Transport Authority under the Regional Cities Accessibility Programme.
The investment will allow a range of projects to go ahead, designed to improve traffic flows and remove pinch points, provide better access for buses and taxis, and provide new or better routes for cyclists and pedestrians. “Public transport in our regional cities is in need of improvement,” stated Minister Kelly.
“Just 4% of trips in Waterford city are made using public transport so people need to be given other options and the infrastructure has improved. Limerick will see major investment under the Smarter Travel Areas competition but this investment is designed to enhance that and to make both cities more transport friendly” added Minister Kelly.
Under the programme, Waterford will see the completion of the bus corridor along the quays which will assist in distributing through traffic onto the new bypass. It will also see new signage and information boards at high pedestrian flow areas. All of these schemes will cost €770,000. Meanwhile Limerick will see the completion of phase one of a new bus lane along Ballinacurra road designed to improve bus journey time into the city centre by ten minutes. There will also be upgraded pedestrian measures, road safety improvements and provision made for real time passenger information in the future. These measures will cost €692,000.
“Up to now, much of the transport investment has been based on yearly spend. However this time we are looking to build this programme on a multi-annual basis to make our spending more effective” concluded Minister Kelly.
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