A public information event relating to proposals to connect Wickham Street and Clare Street in Limerick city centre via an Active Travel scheme is to be held, with the project continuing to progress. This upcoming information session follows a round of non-statutory public consultation which was held between April 26th and May 24th, 2023.
As part of the continued progression of the project, work has been ongoing on compiling an Economic Assessment Report on each of the proposed routes for the works. This work, which is being conducted by a third party outside of Limerick City & County Council, has involved directly engaging with businesses on the proposed roots in the form of questionnaires and surveys.
Items being considered in the Economic Assessment include existing trade in the area(s) concerned and how this trade may or may not be impacted by the implementation of the proposed scheme.
The Active Travel team in Limerick City & County Council, which is tasked with delivering the project, has also been continuing work on traffic surveys and parking surveys on the proposed routes over the past number of months.
Members of the public are invited to attend an information session on the progression of the proposals on Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 between 6pm and 8pm at the Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick (V94 03F2).
Senior Engineer with the Active Travel team at Limerick City and County Council, Sean McGlynn, commented, “following the initial round of non-statutory consultation held earlier this year, the Active Travel team took this important feedback into account as they progressed the proposals. We have also begun engagement with the Council’s Place-Making department, to ensure the proposals run in tandem with overall development of the area.”
“Work on the project has now advanced to a stage whereby it’s appropriate for the team to ensure all stakeholders are fully informed about its current status as we head into 2024. I would encourage all of those with an interest in the future direction of the city centre’s transport infrastructure to ensure they are fully briefed on where the project stands by availing of this public information session. Following this event, it’s anticipated a second non-statutory public consultation session will be held in early 2024, to once again gather further important feedback from stakeholders.”
The proposals would connect the Colbert Station Quarter to Park Canal and the University of Limerick via a pedestrian and cycle facility.
The link would then additionally facilitate onward Active Travel connections to the National Technology Park (Castletroy), Annacotty, Castleconnell and Scarriff.
The project is being funded by the National Transport Authority and is to be delivered by Limerick City & County Council’s Active Travel Team.
Source: Limerick City & County Council