19th November 2020
The project is seen as a key enabler of balanced regional development in the National Planning Framework and is a key element in the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Strategy. Inadequate transport infrastructure has inhibited economic development in and between Cork and Limerick.
The project will be developed within the broad N20 corridor via Blarney, Mallow, Buttevant, Charleville and Croom. A number of road-based and rail-based options have now been shortlisted after the completion of the first phase of an appraisal process based on engineering, environmental and economic criteria, along with an active travel strategy for improved walking and cycling infrastructure within and between the communities along the N20 corridor.
As part of the further analysis of options, Limerick City and County Council, which is progressing the project in partnership with Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the Department of Transport, is seeking feedback from the public on the shortlisted options and the active travel strategy.
Feedback from the public consultation process will be considered as part of further appraisal leading to the identification of the best performing option or combination of options which will be taken forward as the preferred option. This, in turn, will form the basis for a further public consultation which is expected to take place in summer 2021.
Due to COVID-19, it is not possible to hold public consultation events in-person within the study area. Instead, an online public consultation platform has been developed on the project website www.corklimerick.ie. This online public consultation experience provides a virtual consultation room which allows the public and other stakeholders to view and interact with the consultation information and maps and provide feedback on the options and active travel strategy using an online feedback form.
Notwithstanding current COVID-19 restrictions, the project team is committed to make as much information available as possible and to deal with concerns throughout the public consultation process. It is possible to book online or telephone consultation meetings with the project team using an online booking facility. For those who cannot access online information, a brochure outlining project details is available from the project office and telephone consultations can be booked by calling 061 973730.
Submissions can be made using the online feedback form, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post addressed to N/M20 Project Office, Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle, Limerick V94 H5RR up until Friday 18th of December 2020. For further information visit www.corklimerick.ie or contact the project office at email@example.com or 061 973730.