CMATS must be placed on Statutory Footing to Ensure Delivery

Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy must be matched with the Opening of NTA Delivery Office in Cork
 
The publication of the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) has been welcomed by Cork Chamber as an essential milestone for the development of Ireland’s second city region.  

While welcoming the strategy, Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO, said:
“It is essential that this transformative strategy is placed on a firm statutory footing to ensure delivery, supported by transparent timelines and clear funding commitments. In recognition of Cork’s positioning within Ireland 2040, we believe the establishment of a permanent National Transport Authority office in Cork is required to ensure that implementation does not fall off the agenda.”

Commenting further, Mr. Healy said:
“The timely delivery of CMATS is essential to the future development of Cork as a place to live and work.  From a business perspective, investment in sustainable and public transport is a top priority alongside more city centre apartment living. With 65,000 jobs targeted across Cork and significant population growth, we cannot continue to have 70% of commuters arriving into the city using private cars or have trucks directed through our city’s core because of a lack of alternative options.”

“While large scale infrastructure such as light rail and the North Ring Road are part of our vision for Cork, early delivery of ‘Bus Connects’ must be a priority. Cork only has 14km of dedicated bus lanes. From today, we must see immediate action on scaling bus networks throughout Metropolitan Cork to transform how we commute.”

“We also have an opportunity now to implement relatively low-cost interventions that will hugely improve the experience of commuters and visitors to our city without having to go through protracted planning processes. In particular, the roll out of better pedestrian and cycling networks is an achievable early win that would benefit people of every age. Designation of Mallow as a commuter station is also a realistic target for the immediate benefit of people in Cork.”

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Click here to view the Cork Chamber submission on CMATS