Green light for liner watcher traffic plan in Cobh
Cruise liner watchers in Cobh have sparked a major traffic problem.
But the local municipal council is hoping to address any concerns through the implementation of a new traffic management plan.
Council officials have agreed to examine traffic arrangements in the Cork Harbour town after massive traffic queues formed in the area during the recent bank holiday weekend.
One of the attractions in the town over that weekend had been the arrival of the biggest cruise ship Cobh had ever hosted.
Cllr Cathal Rasmussen secured agreement from colleagues on the Cobh/Glanmire municipal district council when he asked for a detailed traffic management plan to be drawn up for the Five Foot Way car park.
The car park is adjacent to the deep water quay where liners berth.
The councillor said proper car park lines need to be put there to maximise parking spaces.
He also requested that proper signage is erected advising all users about parking and to be aware of children and adults crossing the road near the playground.
Mr Rasmussen also asked that funding is allocated to erect fencing on the railings on the waterfront to make it safer for visitors.
“At present, we do not have enough signs warning motorists about children crossing or other issues.
“Cars and buses are parking in the wrong locations,” he said.
“We also need to look at a better system for advising campervan owners that the maximum number allowed is 30.
“We need to mark out the parking spaces properly and then the whole area needs to be managed properly,” said Mr Rasmussen.
The local municipal district engineer Robert O’Sullivan is reportedly considering better signage and is also awaiting a report on traffic and parking in the area.
Meanwhile, municipal district officer Paraig Lynch noted that the town now has a traffic warden six days a week and part of his brief is to patrol the area.
“Already a number of tickets have been issued to campervan users for not following the rules of the site,” he said.
Meanwhile, municipal district officials are to examine the issue of street vendors from outside Cobh selling their goods as is happening, at present, but without permission.