Draft plans aim to improve traffic flow in Carrigaline
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.