Draft plans aim to im­prove traf­fic flow in Car­ri­ga­line

Irish Examiner - County - - News - SeantO’Rior­dan

Con­sul­tants work­ing for Cork County Coun­cil have drawn up draft plans to im­prove traf­fic flow in Car­ri­ga­line, re­port­edly the busiest com­muter town in the county.

Arup con­sul­tants made a pre­sen­ta­tion to mem­bers of the Ballincol­lig-Car­ri­ga­line mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict coun­cil and asked for coun­cil­lors to pro­vide feed­back and also pub­lic feed­back in the com­ing weeks.

The con­sul­tants are look­ing to up­grade the ‘Bothar Guidel Move­ment Cor­ri­dor’ which runs along the in­ner relief road from the junc­tions be­tween Church Road and the round­about near a Lidl store.

Tony Lynch from Arup said there were cur­rently dif­fi­cul­ties be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by mo­torists, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans along that cor­ri­dor. The plan is to widen the area, pro­vide spe­cial turn­ing lanes and im­prove ac­cess from the Crosshaven side.

He said Arup had cre­ated a traf­fic model which they were work­ing off and in­di­cated they were also con­sid­er­ing putting traf­fic lights at the Lidl round­about. Bridge widen­ing is also be­ing con­sid­ered.

Mr Lynch said the pro­pos­als could help re­duce lo­cal jour­ney times by up to 20% in the morn­ings and 30% in the evenings.

Peter O’Donoghue, a se­nior of­fi­cial in the coun­cil’s traf­fic and tran­spor­ta­tion de­part­ment, said he ex­pected, af­ter a fi­nal draft is agreed, work would be car­ried out on a phased ba­sis.

But Cllr Sea­mus McGrath said the plans were com­pli­cated and sig­nal­is­ing the round­about near Lidl was likely to be “very con­tentious” with the pub­lic.

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