Transport Minister urges Councils to consider ‘experimental measures’ to speed up progress on the Cork Bus Connects project

Minister Eamon Ryan was in the city earlier for the announcement of €600 million in funding for the plan.

12 new bus corridors will connect communities like Mayfield, Blackpool, Ballincollig and Togher to the city centre, while 54 kilometres of cycling and walking infrastructure are aimed at encouraging people to leave their cars at home.

The population of the city is due to double over the next 20 years and the NTA say the ambitious plans are necessary to allow the city to grow.

Speaking to RedFM News, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan outlines why he is advocating for experimental measures

Seeing the  likes of the Wilton Road where they ran into huge problems in terms when you are taking away front gardens so that’s where I think looking particularly where we learned from lessons elsewhere. It’s the reallocation of existing road space where you don’t have to do CPO you don’t have to chop down trees, you don’t have to take front gardens. And it’s those sort of solutions – they are still difficult political decisions about maybe creating Bus gates or taking lanes or giving it for cycling – it’s the reallocation of existing space that can be done quickly, and that’s where I think the focus should be on”


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