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Speech by Lord Mayor, Cllr. Michael Ahern at official launch of the new fleet of Cork – Dublin intercity trains by Minister for Transport Martin Cullen TD on Monday, 10th July 2006


Minister, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of Cork City Council I wish to welcome you all to Cork.

I also have great pleasure in welcoming the new intercity fleet to the city! These new trains which have come from CAF in Spain are among the most modern in Europe and will provide the people of Cork and those visiting the city with an even more efficient and comfortable travelling experience. The new hourly service will also benefit business and leisure customers and will be a great boost to local tourism.

Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern with Minister for Transport, Martin Cullen TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Micheal Martin TD, Chairman Iarnrod Eireann, John Lynch and other dignitaries at the launch

The creation of an integrated transport system based on “state of the art” public transport facilities and a well managed roads system is central to improving accessibility and providing choice of transport access for all. The Cork Area Strategic Plan (CASP) envisaged the development of a system based on “Total Journey Quality” for non car users, comprising a suburban rail network combined with a high quality bus network, with both supported by Park & Ride facilities. Their development will offer fast, reliable and frequent services linking the city centre at Kent Station with Metropolitan Cork and the Ring Towns. With the continued support of the Department of Transport, this vision is now being achieved.

Intercity rail also plays an important role in the sound economic development of Cork City and County, through the provision of high capacity direct public transport links with Dublin and all stations in between and also with the Kerry and Limerick regions through the connections at Mallow and Limerick Junction. With today’s provision of additional and faster intercity rolling stock to reduce journey times, it facilitates the further development of the entire region. The conditions are now being created that facilitates a change in the public attitude towards use of public transport.

It should also be noted that with the ongoing development and prominence now being given to the development of both Green Routes and Park & Ride facilities in the Metropolitan Cork region, people who need to make a journey have a greater choice of options available to them, that hopefully in the future will lead to a reduced dependency on the private car.

The need to create a modal shift to all forms of public transport is a strategic necessity not only for reasons of environmental sustainability, but also to be able to accommodate the growth in demand for transport that is accompanying our economic growth and expansion.

These are exiting times for Cork growth – in the areas of business, tourism, construction and development initiatives. The launch of today’s new fleet of intercity trains is another key element in development for the Cork region.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael Ahern.


Kent Station From The South Docks

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