iRoUTE (June 27-28) will focus on Improving Transport for the entire Kilkenny Region. The Conference will aim to achieve sustainable and best in class transport systems for Kilkenny County.
Monday 15th May 2017: Kilkenny LEADER Partnership, Kilkenny County Council, Ring a Link, and Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, today revealed that a unique, solution orientated, two-day, integrated transport conference, ‘iRoUTE’, will take place in Kilkenny from June 27-28. iRoUTE (Integrated, Rural, Urban, Transport, Evolution), will be hosted in The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle, and aims to promote and achieve sustainable and ‘best in class’ transport systems for the entire Kilkenny region, with a particular focus on rural areas.
The two-day event will be attended by transport providers, regulators, international experts, practitioners, academics, and community interest groups, all of whom will collaborate and join the conversation to explore better transport options to service the needs of residents of Kilkenny and visitors alike. iRoUTE will be themed around and will concentrate on;
- Improving the integration of bus services within County Kilkenny;
- Improving the planning and co-ordination of transport services in Kilkenny, especially in rural areas;
- Increasing usage and knowledge of public transport in Kilkenny.
The overall objective of the conference is to develop a clear strategy around the integration of transport, and this will then be used to kick-start a campaign to find the resources needed to initiate a pilot service that could be rolled out across Kilkenny, and potentially nationally.
Commenting on the launch of iRoUTE 2017, Declan Rice, CEO Kilkenny LEADER Partnership, said “We are thrilled to announce that iRoUTE is confirmed to take place in Kilkenny this coming June. Throughout the county, the need for improved public transport access is becoming increasingly apparent, particularly for access to employment and social activities. While some areas within the city are well serviced, connectivity between towns in Kilkenny is weak, and rural areas are most effected. Poor late night transport, traffic congestion, lack of integration and lack of confidence in services are all problems we continually hear about both in the city and across the county.”
Mr. Rice continued, “iRoUTE will create an open and two-communication platform where the integration in transport provision for Kilkenny County can be explored and we will have the opportunity to draw upon opinions and insights from international and domestic transport experts. Our aim is that by the end of the two days we will have a defined strategy for the integration of transport systems that we can pilot in Kilkenny and which will hopefully help to radically improve the public transport situation. We would encourage anyone with an interest in improving transport services in Kilkenny to come to iRoUTE, its guaranteed to be a fascinating and productive few days.”
Tickets for the two-day conference are available on Eventbrite.ie and cost from €25 - €200. It is expected that demand will be high and therefore early purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. For further information on iRoUTE please contact Fergus Horgan, KLP / 056 775211. For information on tickets and Eventbrite please contact Grace Hamilton, CKEA / 056 7790 856.
The idea for iRoUTE was developed by the Kilkenny Transport Working Group, which is made up of several interested parties, including Kilkenny County Council, Ring a Link community transport company, Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) and the Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency (CKEA). The group was formed to consider the immediate and long-term issues affecting public transport in Kilkenny, and it was agreed that a conference (iRoUTE) would be hosted to focus on the integration of transport provision for the City and County, and from this an integrated transport initiative would then be launched.
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