New Bus Network for Cork Metropolitan Area
The National Transport Authority (NTA) launched its new design for the Cork Metropolitan Bus Network in June 2022. The new network, part of BusConnects Cork, is intended to transform the public transport network across the Cork Metropolitan Area. The new network will involve the creation of new bus routes and improved bus frequencies to help transform the public transport network to meet anticipated growth and future demand in the region.
To view the Cork New Network use the online map at the link below.
Cork New Network Map
The key benefits of the new network include:
- An overall increase of 53% in bus services in Cork;
- Two 24-hour bus services –
- Route 1 running east-west: Ovens/Ballincollig to City Centre to Mahon;
- Route 3A running north-south: Carrigaline to City Centre to Hollyhill;
- Seven all-day high frequency bus routes (services running every 15 minutes or better) more during peak periods;
- Provision of bus services to previously unserved areas such as Upper Glanmire, Waterfall, Kerry Pike;
- Shorter waits and more direct routes for many people;
- A simpler network and schedules; and
- Additional services at weekends.
The New Bus Network report, local area maps, summary report, frequency table and public input appendix are all available to download below.
- Cork New Network Report
- An Gréasán Bus Nua Chorcaí
- Cork New Network Report – Accessible PDF
- Summary Report – Cork New Network
- Cork Starts with BusConnects – Easy to Read document
- Frequency Table – Cork New Network
- Public Input Appendix
Local Area Maps
- Central Local Area Map
- North East Local Area Map
- North West Local Area Map
- Outer East Local Area Map
- Outer South Local Area Map
- Outer West Local Area Map
- South East Local Area Map
- South West Local Area Map
Background information – Public Consultation on the Draft New Bus Network November & December 2021
BusConnects Cork is the National Transport Authority’s plan to improve Bus Services throughout the city and suburbs. An initial consultation was held in July 2021 and responses helped shape the Draft New Network for the Metropolitan Area, part of the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS).
A second public consultation on the Draft New Network then took place from the 2nd of November to the 17th of December 2021. BusConnects welcomed feedback from the public on the Draft New Network via an online feedback form and email submissions. An analysis of this feedback is now underway and this will inform the publication of a Final New Bus Network later this year.
The New Network will include benefits like; an increase of over one third in bus services in Cork; a new frequent network that paves the way for Luas; shorter waits and more direct routes and additional services at weekends.
The local area booklets from the Draft New Network Consultation and the interactive network map below, provide details of the proposed bus routes in your area and where they will connect to. Also available to download is the full Draft Network Report.
- Report on the Draft New Network
- Report on the Draft New Network – Accessible Version
- Report on the Draft New Network Irish
- Report on the Draft New Network (Easy to Read)
Local Area Booklets:
- Cork North West
- Cork North West Irish
- Cork North East
- Cork North East Irish
- Cork South East
- Cork South East Irish
- Cork South West
- Cork South West Irish
- Cork Outer East
- Cork Outer East Irish
- Cork Outer West
- Cork Outer West Irish
- Cork Outer South
- Cork Outer South Irish
Background information – Bus Network Redesign Choices Report Public Consultation July 2021
An initial round of public consultation for the Cork Bus Network Redesign took place in July 2021. This initial consultation was on a “Choices Report” (which can be downloaded below), seeking feedback from the public on certain choices about the future Cork bus network.
Documents from the Consultation:
- Bus Network Redesign Choices Report
- Accessible pdf Bus Network Redesign Choices Report
- HTML Bus Network Redesign Choices Report
- An Tuarascáil ar Roghanna le haghaidh Athdhearadh an Ghréasáin Bhus
- Easy to Read – Bus Network Redesign Choices Report
- What is BusConnects Cork information document
- Online Consultation Questions (Print Version)
- Bus Network Redesign Phase One Presentation
Videos from the Consultation – why the draft new network is so very different:
- What is BusConnects Cork
- What we heard in the Choices Report public consultation
- What is access
- Better frequency – interchange, frequency and access
- Frequency and patronage potential
- Should we design for short walks or short waits?