7. Transport & Movement

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STRATEGIC AIM FOR TRANSPORT & MOVEMENT

To promote sustainable transport patterns and infrastructure in the town and to safeguard and develop the strategic road and rail network to enhance connectivity to and from regional towns and cities.

7.1       Introduction

Cahir as outlined in earlier Chapters is a town which benefits from its location on a strategic road and rail network, and at the junction with the N24 and M8. It is the strategic aim of this Plan to safeguard this strategic infrastructure and support the further development of transport corridors over the lifetime of the Plan.

This Plan will also seek to reduce overall travel demand, maximise the efficiency of the transport network, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and improve accessibility to transport in accordance with the Department of Transport’s ‘Smarter Travel: A Sustainable Transport Future 2009-2020’.  It is intended to prepare a sustainable transport & movement strategy for Cahir to achieve these aims through:

  1. Integrating land use planning and transport;
  2. Engaging with public transport service providers to improve services and promote public transport use locally;
  3. Promoting the natural and built assets of Cahir such as the river, the quality of the built environment and green and blue infrastructure, for transport use;
  4. Supporting new development to plan for active travel and prioritise the quality of the environment for pedestrians, cyclists, and those with mobility impairments.

7.2       Movement and Accessibility

Cahir is a compact town, with most residential properties located within a short distance of services, employment and industry. However, the use of the private car is still the predominant form of transport for trips and therefore supporting and facilitating a modal shift to sustainable transports options must be a priority over the next Plan period. The Development Strategy supports this model shift thought the appropriate zoning of land close to the town centre and existing services and employment opportunities. The Plan, in accordance with national guidelines, will also require that at design stage, residential and mixed developments consider pedestrian movement and the provision of cycleway and associated facilities.

The Council under the South Tipperary Active Travel Towns Walking and Cycling Strategy (2013) has provided a plan to improve infrastructure for walking and cycling as a means of travel in the town and a number of cycleways approaching the town have been delivered. It is an objective of this Plan to up-date the Strategy and ensure that pedestrian and cycling provision will also be a key requirement of the proposed public realm re-design of the historic square.

Figure 18: Cahir walking distances (Source: South Tipperary Walking and Cycling Strategy 2013)

7.3       Public Transport

Cahir Railway Section opened in 1852 and is located on the Waterford – Limerick Railway Line. The train station currently has two services daily, Monday to Saturday. Cahir also has local and national bus services to Tipperary Town, Cashel, Waterford, Cork and Dublin.

The Railway Line is key enabling infrastructure to support the economic development of towns along the Limerick-Waterford Economic Corridor, supporting access to jobs and facilitating the development collaborative tourism initiative. It is a regional policy to safeguard and enhance this railway corridor to support the development of the Southern Region and connectivity between Limerick and Waterford. The Railway Station, as identified in the current plan also provides a significant opportunity for further development as a multi-modal (pedestrian, cyclists, rail, bus, private vehicles) hub for the town. The Council will seek to engage with Irish Rail and other stakeholder to examine these opportunities as part of the development and delivery of the Town Centre Regeneration Strategy and Active Travel Plan over the lifetime of the Plan. 

7.4       Roads

Cahir has benefitted from significant investment in road infrastructure around the town in the last 20 years including the development of the M8 motorway and the N24 bypass to the north-east of the town. The National Development Plan 2019-2027 has identified the up-grade of the N24 and improved connectivity between Limerick and Waterford as a national infrastructural priority, and the design stage for the section from Limerick Junction to Cahir has now commenced. The Council will seek to continue to work in partnership with the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and other stakeholders in the design process and the delivery of these schemes.

The Plan will also seek to safeguard the development and carrying capacity of the national road infrastructure along the existing M8 and N24 route corridors. New development along these routes will be required to accord with policies of the County Development Plan which seeks to safeguard these routes from development which would compromise the safety, integrity or capacity of these routes.

Development proposals which may affect national roads within or adjacent to the Plan boundary must have regard to the requirements of the Spatial Planning and National Roads Guidelines (DTTS, 2012) and the Traffic and Transport Assessment Guidelines (TII, 2014).

Transport & Movement Policy

It is the policy of the Council to:

TM1.

Improve accessibility and movement within Cahir, reduce dependency on private car transport, increase permeability in the town, and encourage the use of energy efficient forms of transport through the promotion of walking, cycling and public transport.

TM2.

Ensure that new developments are designed to comply with Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets (2019) including making provision for pedestrian and cycle infrastructure and enhancing connectivity and accessibility to the town

TM3.

Seek the provision of workplace mobility plans for proposals for large scale employment and the development of Smarter Travel Initiatives as set in Smarter Travel: A Sustainable Transport Future 2009-2020 (or any replacement thereof).

TM4.

Ensure new development proposals comply with Spatial Planning and National Roads Guidelines for Local Authorities (DTTS, 2013) and safeguard the integrity, capacity and safety of national roads.

Specific Objectives

It is an objective to:

TMO7.1

Review and up-dated the South Tipperary Active Travel Towns Walking and Cycling Strategy - August 2013) as it relates to Cahir.

TMO7.2

Investigate the feasibility of re-opening the Bianconi archway on Old Church Street leading to Market Yard, in conjunction with the redevelopment of the Co-Op site.

TMO7.3

Seek to work with Irish Rail, Bus Eireann and over relevant stakeholders to improve public transport services in Cahir and to examine the feasibility to re-develop Cahir Railway Station as a multi-model hub.

TMO7.4

Continue the improvement of approach roads, including the provision of traffic calming measures and active transport modes, subject to the availability of resources.

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