€1 million is to be spent this year on two projects in Cork and Waterford focused on better access for cycling, walking and buses.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) said it would fund €900,000 for cycle and pedestrian and bus linkage between Kent Station and Cork City Centre this year, and another €100,000 on the complete design and commence construction of first phase of a route from Waterford Institute of Technology’s main campus to the city’s centre, along the R680.
The funding is part of a package of €17.5 million in sustainable and access funding announced by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport at the end of January for the cities of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.
The funding also included the development of a public plaza area fronting Colbert Railway Station in Limerick, bus-related road upgrades and improvements, support for bike share schemes, the provision of bus and cycle parking and enhanced pedestrian safety measures.
According to a spokeswoman from the NTA the details of the two projects are as follows:
WIT to Waterford City Centre
2015 allocation: €100,000
The development of a cycle scheme from Waterford Institute of Technology to the City Centre, in Waterford. The title of the scheme is “Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) – Waterford City Centre Green Route Corridor”.
The Authority is working with Waterford Council to deliver a high quality cycle and bus route between WIT and the City Centre, along the R680 (Cork Road) from Browns Road to the Mall. This corridor will link with the South Quays Green Route, which is currently under construction.
The Authority is funding the preliminary design of this scheme and it is at the early stages of design. It is envisaged that the cycle route will consist of a combination of high quality, segregated cycle tracks and on road cycle lanes, consistent with the National Transport Authority’s Cycle Manual. It is further envisaged that bus priority, for regional and city buses, will be incorporated into the design of the scheme.
Kent Station to City Centre Linkage Project (Phase 1)
2015 allocation: €900,000
The proposed works will provide improved cycle and pedestrian and bus linkage between Kent Station and Cork City Centre. The works include junction upgrades, footpath and environmental improvements, bus priority improvements and provision of cycling facilities. Construction of this phase of the scheme is currently ongoing and will be completed in 2015.
Construction of a new cycle linkage between Kent Station and Cork City Centre incorporating road resurfacing and junction safety improvements.
Kent Station is Cork City’s only rail terminus. As well as providing a mainline link to Dublin and other towns, it also provides an important commuter service to Mallow, Midleton and Cobh.
A large proportion of people using the train station have an origin / destination in the City Centre and nearby Bus Station. However, pedestrian, cycle and bus links between all three require further development to optimise their potential.
The objective of the project is to upgrade, in line with current design standards and guidelines, the pedestrian, cycle and bus links on a whole route basis, to meet anticipated requirements.
The project encompasses the installation of a comprehensive pedestrian, cycle and bus network which will link Kent Station, the City Centre and Bus Station to each other and includes enhancements to pedestrian and cycle facilities, with bus and cycle lanes, improvements to signalised junctions, public lighting improvements, and modifications to road alignments, public realm improvements and improved signage. The chosen routes take account of existing desire lines for pedestrians and cyclists.
The project is being undertaken over two phases. Phase 1 extends from Brian Boru Bridge, along Brian Boru Street andLower Glanmire Road to the Kent Station entrance. Construction has commenced and is due for completion during 2015. Phase 2 will include measures on Penrose’s Quay and Horgan’s Quay.