The Minister for Public Transport, Alan Kelly, has unveiled a major multi-million euro investment for the city’s Colbert Station.
As part of the €16.8million project, which is subject to planning permission, a new pedestrian plaza and public drop off point will be constructed replacing the existing car park and disused petrol station at the front of the train station.
The toilet block at Colbert Station will be demolished to make way for a new bus station with the current bus station being converted into the access area for a new 235 space car park at the rear of the existing building.
The plans have just been finalised by Irish Rail in agreement with the National Transport Authority, Limerick City Council and Bus Eireann.
According to Mr Kelly, the project will be formally submitted to planning authorities in the coming months.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader he said upgrading of the station will be a major boost to the city.
“This will represent a major boost to Limerick and the plaza will significantly revive and regenerate that part of the city. The new plaza over the site of the current car park will open up the train and bus station to the whole city,” he said.
“I have been lobbied hard by many labour councillors who were regularly pointing out that the station was in dire need of some improvement. We have the plans in place now and subject to planning, the work will be carried out on a phased basis over the next eight to ten years but I expect the plaza to be fully completed in three to four years,” he added.
Approximately 2,500 pass passengers through Colbert Station every day and it is hoped the project, when completed, will provide for a seamless interchange between bus and rail services.