THE development of the North Quays and regeneration of Waterford’s city centre has taken a big step forward.
An Bord Pleanála has approved plans for a transport bridge over the River Suir connecting the south quay to the strategic development zone on the North Quays. And the Metropolitan Council has approved an application for a new transport hub on the North Quays.
The hub will replace Plunkett Train Station and the bridge will link the developments.
Together, they mark a shift towards walking, cycling and public transport and it is hoped they will act as a catalyst for the sustainable development of the city to the north of the river.
“I am delighted to be part of the exciting and innovative regeneration which is taking place across Waterford city,” said Mayor John Pratt.
realising Waterford’s vision for increased growth
“This announcement brings us another step closer to realising Waterford’s vision for increased growth and delivering on the population targets in Project Ireland 2040.”
Waterford City and County Council chief executive Michael Walsh said the decisions marked “another significant milestone” in Waterford’s transition. “The positive decision by An Bord Pleanála, the approval of the Part 8 planning for the Transport Hub by the Metropolitan Council, and the funding approvals for the Greenway extension into the city and for the Kilkenny Greenway will dramatically improve sustainable transport in the city and the delivery of its long-term development objectives,” he said.
The bridge with a 207m span will be suitable for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport and will incorporate an opening centre span necessary to allow river traffic.
The transport hub to the north of the bridge will allow for a new bus set down area, short-term parking facilities and will link with the new Waterford to New Ross Greenway.
These developments will connect Ferrybank, the North Quays and the city centre.
Falcon Real Estate Development Ireland has outlined plans for a €350 million multi-use development on the North Quays.
They include a hotel and retail developments but the company has made it clear that it will not invest unless it can be sure the infrastructure will be put in place.