Sustainable Transport for Cork

On behalf of you, our members, we continue to champion investment in public and sustainable transport for Cork.

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.

Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS)

The National Transport Authority (NTA) have published the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS): A €3.5bn investment package for Cork including commuter rail, bus corridors, light rail, park and rides, walking and cycling infrastructure and road networks.

This plan will transform commuting and life in Cork. Helping to make Cork the best place for business.

Cork Chamber view on CMATS, the draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy Document

Tuesday’s 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.”

Public Consultation

Our Public Affairs team will be making a submission to the NTA on the Cork Transport Strategy. If you wish to discuss CMATS or share your views with us, please contact our Public Affairs department today 021 450 9044.

View or download the CMATS Public Consultation Doc.

View or download the full draft CMATS 2040 document.

Read our full statement on CMATS here.