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.

Local Area Maps

 

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.

Reports:

Local Area Booklets:

Maps:

Map of Cork split into 7 local areas
View interactive Network Map of draft network

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:

Videos from the Consultation – why the draft new network is so very different: