Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Revised National Development Plan: Discussion

Photo of Jerry ButtimerJerry Buttimer (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

-----the M28, and the timeline on that. That is my question to Mr. Walsh.

To Ms Graham, in terms of BusConnects in Cork, I meant to ask at our meeting with her whether the livery would be still red and white. It is a parochial matter but it is distinctive in the context of Cork. The video the NTA had as part of its promotional piece had a red-and-white bus. I accept the NTA is buying them in bulk. I still would hope that, as part of BusConnects, we would keep the red and white in Cork.

On BusConnects, my only concern, as I stated at the meeting with the NTA, is the timeline for the public consultation. My only comment is that people want to see timelines. Senator Horkan spoke about modal shift. We saw recently in Cork where there was a proposal regarding a bus lane. It was rejected by the local authority. We speak about widening the road space for buses and public transport. How does one achieve that in the context of the local authority not voting to proceed with bus lanes?

I thank them for today. I thank them for the engagement on Monday and Tuesday this week. I wish them well. I hope that we will have ongoing engagement with TII and the NTA.


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