speeds and/or electrification, leading to improved connectivity and journey times to regional cities. An evaluation of the economic benefits of high-speed rail for the Dublin-Belfast, Dublin- Limerick Junction and Dublin-Cork lines against improvements to existing line speeds will be carried out against relevant appraisal processes and value- for-money tests; • Through the NDP, the ongoing development of the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy and enhancements to the commuter rail service, including additional stations and rail fleet; • Support the feasibility of converting the heavy rail commuter services to light rail services which can be flexible for extension of services and future integration with city light rail. (E) The development of a metropolitan- wide cycle network focused on the City, its environs and metropolitan area towns, and connectivity between the City and its metropolitan area towns, catering for a range of journey purposes: • Support the provision of segregated walkways and cycleways; • Support the delivery of east-west greenway through the city centre, connecting major employment/ education hubs to large commuter towns like Ballincollig and Carrigaline (Lee to See Greenway); • Support walking and cycle connectivity and infrastructure to amenities such as Ballincollig Regional Park from the city centre; • Support walking and cycling connectivity and infrastructure connecting the Cork Docklands and Tivoli regeneration areas to the city centre and other strategic employment locations.
• Improved connectivity to Ringaskiddy via N28/M28 scheme; • Cork Northern Distributor Road; • Cork Docklands and Tivoli Bridge and street infrastructure, including Eastern Gateway Bridge, a key enabler for Cork under the NPF; • N27 Cork to Cork Airport dedicated public transport corridor; • Improved N22, N25, N27, N71 inter-regional and intra-regional corridors; • Upgrade of the R624 Regional Road linking N25 to Marino Point and Cobh; • Upgrade of the R630 Regional Road linkingMidleton to Whitegate Road (Energy Hub); • Cork Science and Innovation Park Access, a key enabler for Cork under the NPF; • Transport packages, including road upgrades, relief roads, enhanced public realm, walking and cycling infrastructure for metropolitan towns and urban expansion areas; • Advancing transport study measures for Little Island as a holistic approach comprising all modes, including cycling and effective management of car access and parking facilities. All measures shall have due consideration of the impacts on access and movements across the City and suburbs and, in parallel any planned works to the strategic road networkwill also consider the potential for improvement to sustainable transport. (D) The optimal use of the intercity and commuter rail network, connecting Cork at a metropolitan, regional and national level, in catering for the movement of people and goods through interventions including: • The development of new commuter rail stations in Metropolitan Cork (see the CMATS for details), including upgrading existing and new stations on a network serving Blarney/Stoneview (park-and- ride station), Monard, Blackpool/Kilbarry, Kent Station, Tivoli Docks, Dunkettle (park-and-ride station), Little Island, Glounthaune, Carrigtwohill West, Carrigtwohill, Water Rock, Midleton, Fota, Carrogaloe, Ballynoe, Rushbrooke and Cobh; • Kent Station as a key node with through running of suburban services, interchange with the Light Rail Transit network, improved signalling, bridge access to the South Docks, improved rail journey times to Dublin and consideration of direct network connections; • The Dublin to Limerick Junction/Cork rail lines are subject to an examination to move to higher
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