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Buses on Patrick Street: increasing the use of public transport is crucial for Cork, according to a leading transport planner.Pic; Larry Cummins
Buses on Patrick Street: increasing the use of public transport is crucial for Cork, according to a leading transport planner.Pic; Larry Cummins
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Sustainable transport is crucial, says planner

CREATING a sustainable and affordable transport system is critical for Cork, according to a leading transport planner.

Kevin Burke, principal transport planner with Jacobs consultants in London, will be discussing the importance of healthy streets and low cost ‘tactical urbanism’ at City Hall tonight at 6.30pm.

The event, being co-hosted by the Irish Planning Institute and Engineers Ireland, will explore the theme of sustainable travel for Cork.

“Creating a travel and transport system that is safe, affordable, and sustainable will be critical in enhancing the attractiveness of Cork as a place to live, work, play, and invest in,” said Mr Burke.

“The Government’s National Planning Framework has set a minimum target of an additional 50% to 60% growth, or more than 125,000 people for Cork city and suburbs alone, by 2040. This level of growth will copperfastens Cork’s status as Ireland’s second city and ensures that Cork will be the fastest growing city region in the State,” he added.

“However, this level of growth brings about challenges not least in terms of congestion, air quality, climate change adaptation and public health.

“Our fast-growing population means that travel patterns and the future demand for travel will need to be managed carefully.

“In addition to securing the necessary public transport improvements to underpin this growth, we need to support Cork’s citizens to walk and cycle more safely and more often.

“There are a number of strong economic, social and environmental reasons to do this.”

Mr Burke will also outline how lessons he learned in the UK can be applied to an Irish context based on his experiences as a local authority transport planner in London.

The seminar, beginning at 6pm in the Council Chambers of Cork City Hall, will also feature talks from Stephan Koch, commuter plan manager at UCC, Paul McGuirk, city centre coordinator for Cork City Council, and, Lorcan Griffin, acting senior executive planner for Cork City Council.

Mr Koch will discuss the integration of sustainable travel modes for seamless multi-modal travel, reducing the reliance on private cars in and around Cork city. Mr McGuirk and Mr Griffin will address the topic of the revitalisation of Cork city centre.

They will provide a review, and look ahead at the ongoing implementation of the Cork City Centre Strategy and an update on the Cork City Revitalisation report published earlier this year.