Southern Regional Assembly RSES LowRes | Priorities for the Waterford Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy

(E) Themaintenance and enhancement of the national roads network, catering for transport demand within the Waterford Metropolitan Area, for improved inter- urban / inter-regional connectivity/ reduced journey times and for improved access to international gateways, including Port of Waterford, Rosslare- EuroportandWaterfordAirport, through: • Delivery of the Government’s current and proposed national road network improvement schemes relating to the Waterford Metropolitan Area and associated inter-urban connecting roads; • The maintenance and optimisation of the strategic road network’s capacity and utility, through the implementation of appropriate demand management measures; • Support for inter-regional connectivity with the Metropolitan Area, enhanced regional connectivity through improved average journey times by road to Cork and Limerick via targeted improvements of the N25 between Cork, Waterford and Wexford and the possible enhancement of the N24 between Limerick and Waterford; • Any planned works to the strategic road network will also consider the potential for improvement to sustainable transport. (F) The optimal use of the rail network, connecting Waterford at a regional and national level, to cater for the movement of people and goods (G) The development of a metropolitan- wide cycle network, focused on the City/environs, catering for a range of journey purposes, including the development of strategic cycle routes and the extension of the Waterford Greenway to link WIT to the City Centre.

Transport investment by the Government Departments, NTA and other agencies, will be identified and prioritised through the Waterford Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (WMATS). The following transport investment objectives has been identified for consideration in the preparation of the transport strategy subject to required appraisal, planning and environmental assessment processes: (A) The preparation of a Waterford Metropolitan Transport Strategy and associated implementation plan (B) The improvement of accessibility to the City Centre through effective traffic management, reduced congestion and the improvement of modal choice (C) Support the delivery of the North Quays SDZ regeneration project for integrated sustainable development through the provision of supporting transport infrastructure and services (D) The provision of a citywide public transport system, with: • Enhanced accessibility to the City Centre and key destinations such as WIT & Waterford University Hospital, from within the City/Environs area, and nearby towns, including Tramore; • Improved cross-city connectivity between the City/ environs (south of the River Suir) and the North Quays SDZ/ Ferrybank area;

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