Oliver Moran: 'Voting Green is the best way to get a Luas for Cork'

Oliver Moran: 'Voting Green is the best way to get a Luas for Cork'

CORK'S Green Party candidates have said they will prioritise bringing a light rail system to Cork city.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said voting green would be "good for Cork city".

"We will start putting in really decent public transport, bring housing back in towards the centre."

In the Green Party's general election manifesto, they say they will "support the development of a light rail system for Cork and Galway cities", as well as "set out a timetable and work programme for commuter rail improvements in Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford City."

Speaking to The Echo, Councillor Oliver Moran, who is running in the Cork North Central constituency, said a light rail system hasn't been delivered so far is because "the focus of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is always on private transport first."

Green Party candidate’s Cllr. Oliver Moran and Cllr. Lorna Bogue with party leader Eamon Ryan TD at Shandon at the launch of the General Election campaign in Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Green Party candidate’s Cllr. Oliver Moran and Cllr. Lorna Bogue with party leader Eamon Ryan TD at Shandon at the launch of the General Election campaign in Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

"They are not looking at the longer-term benefits to the city and the immediate demand. We need to think strategically," he said.

"Something like a Luas in Cork, whether it's a tram or a bus rapid transit, that is something that will benefit people, particularly in Ballincollig, the city centre, towards Mahon."

However, Mr Moran says he would like to see a similar project for the Northside. 

"Where I live around St Luke's, there was a tram 100 years ago. 

"To think we had this infrastructure in Cork and we lost it to make way for private cars, which are choking our city, which means that people are removed from their families for so long and caught in tailbacks on the Southlink road and the tunnel... if we prioritise public transport over roads for private cars I think we will all benefit.

"If there are more Green TDs elected the focus will move away from private cars and onto investing in public transport, walking, cycling... which are all sustainable transport."

The Green Party proposed a light rail system for Cork in 2007. However, after the economic crash of 2008, their plans were shelved. 

The draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy was published in 2019 and included plans for a light-rail system, with construction beginning sometime after 2031.

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