Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

£880M light rail scheme included in Cork transport overhaul

nta lrt

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. 

  • To get a full update on what’s happening in the rail sector join us at New Civil Engineer’s Future of Rail conference 26-27 June 2019. Call Ben Joudar on 020 3953 2623 to find out more. 

Like what you’ve read? To receive New Civil Engineer’s daily and weekly newsletters click here. 

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.