Press Release: May 9th 2019
Cork Chamber, in collaboration with the National Transport Authority today launched the NTA Smarter Travel Workplaces programme at the Laya Healthcare offices in Eastgate Business Park, Little Island. The programme which invites businesses to sign up, kicks off with a commuter travel survey for business employees in Little Island and encourages the active involvement of all businesses and commuters to the island to inform the NTA on their current commuting experience and their preferences for public and sustainable transport commuting.
Speaking at this launch, Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber, “The situation for businesses and commuters is completely unsustainable in Little Island at present. While there are considerable works ongoing with the capacity improvement works addressing the flow of traffic on the eastern side of the island, and the extensive site works progressing at the Dunkettle Interchange with a 2022 completion date, there is an opportunity now via this programme for employers and employees to directly influence future public transport development on the island. The programme looks at the opportunities for bus, train, cycling, walking and car-pooling, and the actions and investment needed to develop a viable public and sustainable transport alternative to and on the island.”
Mr. Healy added ‘While the Little Island Transport Movement Strategy is approved by Council, it doesn’t currently have funding in place to support it. The strategy incorporates plans to include amongst others, bus corridors, a pedestrian access bridge from the train station, junction upgrades and cycle lanes on the island. Through participation of businesses with this NTA Smarter Travel Workplaces programme and the completion of the survey, the NTA can assess the appetite amongst commuters for the various infrastructure, facilities, or public realm improvements to support a range of transport modes, while also identifying actions that employers can undertake to encourage more sustainable commuting patterns and choices.”
MD of laya healthcare, Dónal Clancy at today’s launch commented, “We are delighted to help out and facilitate where we can to help alleviate the traffic problems in Little Island. We need to act now and find suitable solutions to make sure Little Island remains an attractive place to work. Participation in the upcoming Commuter Travel survey is key to identifying the needs and requirements of employees in Little Island and we will be actively encouraging the team here at laya healthcare to have their say. We welcome almost 500 team members here on a daily basis and are happy to support any smarter travel initiatives that would improve the traffic situation for our team and other businesses in Little Island.”
In concluding, Michelle O’Sullivan, Senior Public Affairs Executive in Cork Chamber and Coordinator of the programme for Little Island added, “We encourage all businesses to participate in the programme and to circulate the survey to their teams. The value of the programme will come with the participation of as many businesses as possible in the survey and the actions that follow. There will be little achieved if only a handful of businesses participate as changes need to be adopted by businesses across the island to improve the shared future situation.”
Cork Chamber are working with the NTA as a regional stakeholder and are asking employers in Little Island to contact Michelle O’Sullivan in the Cork Chamber team no later than the 21st May to indicate their intention to sign up to the programme and to participate in the survey. The survey must be circulated within businesses no later than Monday 27th May and will remain open for a duration of two weeks.
For further information please contact: Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber, 0879471858; Michelle O’Sullivan, Senior Public Affairs Executive, Cork Chamber, firstname.lastname@example.org; 021 4530132/ 087 1404014
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