A 17km light rail transit system has been proposed for the City of Cork in the Irish Republic.
Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) has outlined a £3bn transport strategy for Cork which includes the plans for a €1bn (£880M) light rail scheme.
The Cork Transport Strategy 2040 outlines the government plans for 17km of light rail network for the city, with 25 stops connecting Ballincollig in the west to Mahon in the east, via Cork City Centre.
A dedicated bridge across the River Lee would be built as part of the route.
Research by the NTA has suggested the system could be used by as many as 46M passengers as year.
Construction of the light rail system would be preceded by a high frequency bus service between Mahon and Ballincollig.
The LRT would also link with a park and ride station near Ballincollig to reduce cross-city trips. It will also tie in with well as cycling and walking facilities as part of complete overhaul of transport in the city.
Suburban heavy rail would also be expanded under the plans. Eight extra stations will be added to the network and track and signalling infrastructure is to be upgraded.
National Transport Authority chief executive Anne Graham said: “The Cork Transport Strategy 2040 will deliver an accessible, integrated transport network that enables the sustainable growth of the Cork Metropolitan Area as a dynamic, connected, and internationally competitive European city region.
“An exciting vision of transport that will encourage more people to use sustainable modes is at the core of this strategy. This strategy will give effect to the transport provisions for Cork included in Project Ireland 2040.
“We look forward to getting feedback on our proposals and would encourage people to engage with us during the public consultation process,” she added.
The plans will now go out for a six-week public consultation.
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