The National Transport Authority (NTA) is to distribute 95,000 leaflets about its controversial plans for a dozen Cork ‘super’ bus lanes across the city from next week.
The information leaflets, which will go to homes and businesses in the area, will outline the scope of its “sustainable transport corridors” (STC) plans for the city, which were unveiled in June as part of the plan more wide BusConnects Cork, which aims to deliver 93km of dedicated bus lanes alongside the complete overhaul and modernization of the city’s public bus system.
Earlier this year it unveiled a revamped bus network for the city, which it says will bring thousands of people closer to more frequent services, with new, more direct routes, a second 24-hour bus service and several new high frequency routes announced. .
But in June, the NTA also released its preferred route options for 12 STCs, which it says are key to ensuring the new network operates effectively and efficiently.
The 12 routes include 10 which will link Dunkettle, Mayfield, Blackpool, Hollyhill, Ballincollig, Bishopstown, Togher, Airport Road, Maryborough Hill and Mahon in the city centre, the other two linking Sunday’s Well to Hollyhill and Kinsale Road. at Douglas.
Draft STC plans have sparked controversy in dozens of communities, with residents in some areas set to lose parts of their gardens and on-street parking spaces threatened in many other areas.
Initial plans for a bridge over the amenity from Mangala to Douglas have already been scrapped due to local uproar.
Now, ahead of a series of community engagements on the project, the NTA has announced plans to distribute an information leaflet about the scheme to over 95,000 homes and businesses in Cork City in the coming weeks.
The information leaflet will detail how people can review initial proposals on the BusConnects website, how to give feedback, and most importantly, it will explain how resident groups and community organizations can sign up for the community forums that will be held in september.
Details of these meetings will be announced later this month.
The NTA has championed BusConnects as an investment in a sustainable future for Cork, insisting that the new STCs will benefit the city by creating a more efficient public transport network, reducing bus journey times and creating an environment safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
The deadline for receiving program submissions is October 3.