Limerick smarter travel project approved
ECOFACT has been assisting Limerick City & County Council with the design, planning and environmental assessment of the Limerick Smarter Travel project. We prepared the Natura Impact Statement and Ecological Impact Assessment for a revised design for Route 2 of the proposed scheme earlier this year, and this has now received full approval from An Bord Pleanála.
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This planned development will run along the Lower River Shannon and will consist of a shared walkway and cycle lane, and will allow commuters to commute from the City Centre to the University of Limerick, along the Park Canal and River Shannon. It will be starting construction later this year. We have just commenced a pre-construction bat survey of the affected area.
Some of the surveys we completed to inform the Appropriate Assessment process included a habitat survey, non-native invasive species survey, and otter survey. During the assessments we identified areas of the priority EU Annex I habitat ‘alluvial forest with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-padnion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae) (91E0). The proposed combined cycleway and pedestrian walkway will carefully avoid the areas where this protected habitat occurs, and a range of other construction and operational phase mitigation measures have been included in the revised design to ensure that significant impacts on the Lower River Shannon candidate Special Area of Conservation are avoided.
ECOFACT have also been involved in other element of the Limerick Smarter Travel Project, including the Canal Refurbishment Main Contract and Rhebogue Neighbourhood Greenway.
For further information please see the following links:-
- Limerick Smarter Travel
- Infrastructure for Limerick Smarter Travel Project
- Natura Impact Statement for scheme
- Alluvial woodland along the Lower River Shannon
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