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• Greenway and blueway potential, such as the Tralee-Feint Greenway; • Attractive location, offering high quality of life and urban coastal tourism while protecting its natural resources, has a focus on capitalising on assets, including the Wild Atlantic Way, Tralee Bay Nature Reserve, nearby beaches, hill walking, Kerry Camino, golf courses, and built tourism infrastructure, as well as being gateway to the Dingle Peninsula; • Health infrastructure, including University Hospital Kerry and Bons Secours. Key Infrastructural Requirements i. Strengthened inter-regional connectivity on the N21/N69, N22, N72 and connections to N20/M20 and N71 corridors; ii. Strengthen ‘steady state’ investment in rail infrastructure to ensure continued renewal and high level maintenance to provide quality levels of safety, service, accessibility and connectivity; iii. North and West Tralee Relief Roads (iv) R558 Tralee to Fenit Port; iv. Smarter/active travel initiatives and other transport measures through a Local Transport Plan; v. Water and wastewater treatment; vi. Flood relief.

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Connected on the strategic road network to Cork and Limerick-Shannon metropolitan areas, Tier 1 Port of Shannon Foynes, Shannon Estuary and wider Atlantic Economic Corridor; • Rail network connectivity to Cork, Dublin and Limerick via Mallow; • Kerry International Airport c.20km from Tralee with flights or services to Dublin, UK and Europe; • Fenit Port (c.13km from Tralee), a significant freight export and marina asset; • Part of the Kerry Hub Knowledge Triangle, networked with Killarney and Killorglin; • Advanced technology building for FDI, Kerry Technology Park and other property solutions; • High skills base from both the Institute of Technology Tralee transitioning with CIT to become the Munster Technological University; • Hubs for business innovation, including Tom Crean Business Centre; • Strong inter-agency co-operation, business networks and collaboration with academia driving successful initiatives, including the European Entrepreneurial Region Award and Regional Enterprise Development Funds; • On-going active town centre public realm and regeneration, including the EU-funded Island of Geese project;

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Tralee a. To sustainably strengthen the role of Tralee as a self- sustaining regional economic driver, key settlement in the Kerry Hub Knowledge Triangle and on the Atlantic Economic Corridor and build on inherent strengths as an administrative capital, centre of skills and education, innovation, enterprise growth, culture and tourism accessible to regional airport, port, rail and strategic road network assets; b. To seek investment to sustainably support strengthening these attributes and infrastructures subject to the outcome of the planning process and environmental assessments, including key inter- regional connectivity (transport networks and digital) on the strategic road network to the Cork and Limerick-Shannon Metropolitan Areas, the Atlantic Economic Corridor and the Kerry Hub Knowledge Triangle; c. To strengthen ‘steady state’ investment in existing rail infrastructure and seek investment for improved infrastructure and services to ensure its continued renewal and maintenance to high level in order to provide quality levels of safety, service, accessibility

and connectivity; d. Future growth of the town should be planned for on a phased basis in consultationwith the local authority and Irish Water to ensure that sufficient wastewater capacity is accounted for and that further growth avoids negative impacts on the nutrient sensitive Lee Estuary; e. To support higher and further education and training investment, and investment in the development of IT Tralee’s campus and R&D facilities; f. To support the regeneration of opportunity sites, such as the Island of Geese, Fels Point, and underused, vacant or derelict town centre lands for residential and enterprise development to facilitate population and employment growth; g. To support the development and delivery of infrastructure for the delivery of additional employment through modern office, enterprise and manufacturing space; h. To support Tralee as an urban coastal tourism destination while protecting the natural resources on which it relies.

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