‘High quality’ bus and cycle networks are being promised for Shannon town in a newly published transport strategy for the region.
The Limerick/Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy has been released in full, which makes a number of commitments for infrastructure in South East Clare up to 2040.
The near-150 page document sets out the framework for the delivery of the transport system throughout Shannon, Sixmilebridge, Ardnacrusha, Clonlara, Meelick, Bunratty, Parteen and surrounding areas for the next two decades.
The strategy plainly focuses on limiting and reducing the use of private cars across the region, and looking at alternative sustainable transport methods such as bikes, buses and trains.
It says Shannon town centre presents ‘significant potential’ to develop a high quality and comprehensive cycle network throughout the lifetime of the plan.
The document also says it’s the intention of the National Transport Authority to ensure bus connectivity in Shannon town is improved, as well as public transport access to Shannon Airport.
It’s also committed to improving the frequency of services on the Ennis Rail Line, to provide what it claims will be “efficient and effective” commuter services in the long term.
One project that is not included is the Northern Distributor Road project, that is intended to link South East Clare with the University of Limerick.
The document states the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has “requested the NTA not to include for its development as part of this transport strategy”.
The strategy can be viewed in full at this link.