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 President of UCC Professor Patrick O'Shea and An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar pictured in University College Cork. Prof O'Shea has backed calls for light rail on Leeside.Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
President of UCC Professor Patrick O'Shea and An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar pictured in University College Cork. Prof O'Shea has backed calls for light rail on Leeside.Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
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UCC boss: Cork needs light rail

UCC President Patrick O’Shea has thrown his support behind calls for a light rail system in the city.

Speaking to the Evening Echo, Professor O'Shea said improving Cork's infrastructure is more important than ever in light of the expected increase in population.

Cork is to be the fastest growing city in Ireland up to 2040 under Government investment plans.

“Public transport is an area that, if improved, would lead to greater access to UCC as well as other areas of Cork,” said Professor O'Shea.

“If we had better public transportation, students would be able to travel from outside the city and further afield into UCC and Cork.

“That’s why I am a strong advocate for a light rail project which would go from Blarney to Ballyphehane and Ballincollig to who knows where,” he added.

“The motorways are fine. We look forward to the motorway to Limerick and to Ringaskiddy.

“We can also see the benefits of an expansion to the rail services and what even further expansion could mean for Cork,” Professor O’Shea added.

“If you look to the East of the city out to Midleton and Cobh, you can see what the expansion of the rail service has done for those areas in terms of facilitating transport.

“However, if you take West and North Cork, you can see the difficulty in terms of transport.