Cyclist.ie made a submission yesterday (Fri 30 Oct 2020) to the National Transport Authority (NTA) in response to their consultation on the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (LSMATS).
The draft LSMATS aims to sets out a framework for investment in transport for the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area for the next 20 years.
Cyclist.ie is incredibly disappointed with the document. We maintain that the current draft of strategy lacks integrity and credibility and will struggle to deliver for Limerick and the Shannon region over the next twenty years. LSMATS needs to be the oversight document that establishes the transport ambition in the region for the years ahead. The ambition for active travel in the draft strategy is nowhere near where it needs to be.
Cyclist.ie is requesting that the NTA and Minister for Transport pause the current process to:
(a) align LSMATS with the climate and active travel commitments made in the current Programme For Government, the Living With Covid Plan, the Climate Action Plan, and the National Planning Framework, and
(b) bring an updated draft of LSMATS forward for a subsequent round of public consultation and engagement that allows for meaningful stakeholder and public engagement .
You can find Cyclist.ie’s submission here.
And the joint submission of Limerick Cycling Campaign, Limerick Pedestrian Network, Limerick Cycle Bus and the Limerick Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society is here.
A link to the NTA page with the draft strategy is here.