ECOFACT advises on Limerick Smarter Travel project

ECOFACT is currently assisting Limerick City & County Council with the design, planning and environmental assessment the Limerick Smarter Travel project. We recently completed a Natura Impact Statement and Ecological Impact Assessment for a revised design for Route 2 of the proposed scheme, which will be submitted shortly to An Bord Pleanála. This planned development will run along the 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.

Limerick Smarter Travel
Some sections of the Limerick Smarter Project have already been completed, including this section near Athlunkard Bridge in Corbally,
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River Shannon adjoining the proposed Limerick Smarter Travel Route 2 is designated as a candidate Special Area of Conservation.

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. We are the largest independent environmental and ecological consultancy in Limerick City, and work throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you have requirement for an ecological impact assessment or Natura Impact Statement, please do not hesitate to contact us at +353 61 419477 or email us at info@ecofact.ie.

For further information on alluvial woodland habitat on the Lower River Shannon please see this page.

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