LIMERICK looks set to get two park and ride facilities in time for Christmas, after Transport Minister Leo Varadkar gave the City Council €100,000 for the scheme.
Transport bosses at City Hall will now study out-of-town locations and put together an application for funding to government.
If the government gives them the green light, then construction can get under way this autumn, in time for the Christmas rush.
A number of locations are currently being looked at, but these are unlikely to include any area in Raheen, as this falls outside the city’s administrative area currently.
The proposed park and ride scheme is just one of a number of ‘shovel ready’ projects the Department of Transport has given City Council permission to pursue.
With €1.8m funding from Minister Varadkar, money has been put in place to pursue improved safety crossings in the city, an upgrade to walking and cycling routes, and cycle network hazard improvements.
Chairman of the transport and infrastructure committee, Cllr Ger Fahy said the government has indicated it is ready to support these schemes - but only if the City Council can provide a comprehensive detailed application.
“The projects have been approved in principle, the funding is there, but we need to give greater detail on them. To get final approval, we need to give details of how we are going to carry out each project. I would expect to see the department making a final announcement in the next fortnight which would then mean Limerick city would get funding,” he explained.
Cllr Fahy feels these projects will make Limerick a much more attractive city.