Effective Public Transport & City Centre Movement Strategy Key for Cork

Bill O’Connell, President of Cork Chamber, today commented on the importance of efficient public transport movements and the city centre movement strategy, saying:

“The Cork City Centre Movement Strategy is an essential element of meeting the evolving needs of business, commuting workers and the citizens of Cork through the facilitation of a more effective and sustainable public and private transport system.”

Cork is positioned for significant growth over the next number of years with thousands of new jobs being created in the heart of the city, which will bring a vibrancy and spending power that will ultimately benefit our much-valued traders hugely. In addition, we will also see a growing city centre population arising from the development of new accommodation in our city all of whom will avail of the services of a modern and dynamic city centre trading environment.

Cork Chamber members who number 1,200 businesses employing over 100,000 people have clearly stated through surveys, personal engagement and in some cases publicly that public transport efficiency and enhancement is a top priority for their businesses, in particular for their staff, and is a key element of future investment location decision making.

Change is almost always difficult but change also needs to be given a chance. In the context of the current debate regarding the prioritisation of public transport on St. Patrick’s Street while the improved bus movement efficiency reported by Bus Eireann is welcome it may well be the case that it proves not to be a workable element of the overall movement strategy but we can’t yet draw that conclusion.

All involved in the current debate are genuine in their concerns and those concerns deserve to be heard. However, with changes in St. Patrick’s street a major element of the overall strategy and in recognition of the work done by all involved in developing that strategy, including the business community, great care needs to be taken that the longer term future of all of our city businesses, transport infrastructure investment, investment plans for new office and accommodation developments are not damaged.

“The agreed three month implementation period should be completed with a comprehensive and well-rounded review taking place prior to final decisions being taken while the recently announced government investment of €200m through BusConnects is released without delay to allow rapid progress be made across Cork’s public transport infrastructure” Mr O’Connell concluded.

further information please contact Bill O’Connell, Cork Chamber President, 087 233 4290 or Sarah Thatt-Foley, Public Affairs Executive, 083 156 5690 or sfoley@corkchamber.ie

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