Green light for liner watcher traf­fic plan in Cobh

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Riordan

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.

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