A draft new bus network plan for Cork has been published by the National Transport Authority.

The public will have six weeks to respond to the proposals.

The aim is to have the redesign finalised by the beginning of 2022, with the new network being rolled out from 2023.

The NTA said the redesign is one of nine key elements to a long-term plan to transform the city's bus system, which aims to improve routes and wait times.

Between 2013 and 2019, there has been a 50% growth in public transport usage in the city.

Under the proposals, bus services in the city will increase by 36% with shorter waits and more direct routes for commuters.

It would also mean greatest access to a bus service for residents in the city and in the greater metropolitan areas of Little Island, Cobh, Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy, Glanmire, Ballincollig and Blarney.

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The NTA said it will also pave the way for the introduction of a light rail system as outlined in the recent National Development Plan.

The new network report has been prepared by Jarrett Walker & Associates, a US based firm specialising in designing metropolitan public transport systems, in collaboration with Bus Éireann, Cork City Council and Cork County Council.