LIMERICK City and County Council has stressed there is “no delay” in developing a local transport strategy, after the Department of Transport stated that it had yet to be created.
The BusConnects initiative aims to develop “next generation bus corridors” along the country’s busiest routes in order to make journeys “faster, predictable and reliable”.
Dublin, Cork and Galway have received funding commitments from the Government under the National Development Plan. If Limerick is to be included in the funding plan, there could be an estimated cost of up to €200m in the programme.
The Department of Transport said, after the NDP launch: “There are provisions to roll out BusConnects in Ireland’s cities; it is predicated on Limerick for example to bring forward its transport strategy to secure this funding over the lifetime of the plan.”
A spokesperson for the Council said that there “has been no delay or suggestion of delay in developing a transport strategy for Limerick”.
The transport strategy for Limerick is set to be developed some time this year by the National Transport Authority, the spokesperson said.
“Therefore there is no delay. Limerick City and County Council is very cognisant of the need to develop and enhance the provision of public transport in Limerick.”
The BusConnect plan will include a redesign of the bus network, simpler fare structures, cashless payment system and a state-of-the-art ticketing system, new bus branding, integrating bus vehicles of different operators and types, park-and-ride facilities, new bus stops, and transitioning to low-emission vehicles.