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Saturday 30 August 2014

€16m revamp of city's bus and train stations unveiled

Kathryn Hayes

Published 02/05/2014 | 02:30

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An artist’s impression of how the new station will look

PLANS for a major €16.8m redevelopment to transform Colbert Station in Limerick have been unveiled.

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The project will modernise both the bus and train stations, with plans for a €3.5m pedestrian plaza.

The other phases of the redevelopment include plans to demolish the train station's toilet block to make way for a new bus station, with the current bus station being converted into the access area for a new 235-space car park.

"Planning will be lodged in the very near future. And once planning is adopted then I expect that the first phase will be in place in just over two years, which is a short time frame considering scale of what you have to do here," said Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly.

The rest of the redevelopment will done in stages over the coming years, he added.

The project will be funded through the Department of Transport's Regional Cities programme.

Limerick City and County Council manager Conn Murray described the €16.8m redevelopment as "a transformational project which will create a new public transport interchange for Limerick City".

Colbert Station serves approximately 2,500 rail passengers a day, on four rail routes; while the Bus Eireann services approximately one million passengers a year, with 125 buses departing each day.

The plans were prepared by Irish Rail in collaboration with Bus Eireann, Limerick City & County Council and the National Transport Authority.

Irish Independent

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