WORK is set to commence on the first part a bus lane on Limerick city's southern exit over the next week after councillors voted to progress the work from the county boundary to Punches Cross.
At a heated city hall meeting this afternoon, a proposal by Independent councillor John Gilligan to start the first phase the work on the €5m bus lane project was accepted by nine votes to seven.
The news will come as a disappointment to four of Fine Gael's five southside city councillors, plus the O'Connell Avenue/Ballinacurra Residents Association, who have vigirously campaigned against the building of a green bus route on the city's southern exit.
Fine Gael councillors Michael Hourigan, Kevin Kiely and Diarmuid Scully voted in favour of Cllr Gilligan's proposal, with the remainder joining Labour councillor Joe Leddin in voting against the multi-million euro proposal.
The remainder of the proposed bus lane - which could bring in O'Connell Avenue - is set to be debated at the begining of next year, with a variety of different proposals in place.
For more on this story, see Tuesday's Limerick Chronicle.