MacCurtain Street Public Transport Improvement Scheme works begin in Cork city centre
The aim of the scheme is to improve the reliability and journey times of bus services in the city centre.
In turn this will also provide improved walking and cycling infrastructure along the city quays and at key streets and junctions, creating better choice of transport modes for all those using the city centre and its amenities.
Over the next eighteen months there will also be an investment into 5.5 kilometres of new pathways and public lighting, and tree and shrub planting.
Cycling and pedestrian connectivity improvements, road resurfacing and signalised junction upgrades will facilitate traffic management changes along Anderson’s Quay, Camden Quay, Penrose Quay, Merchants Quay, Patrick’s Quay including Christy Ring Bridge, Lavitt’s Quay, Mulgrave Road, Devonshire Street and Cathedral Walk.
The scheme will culminate in the restoration of two way traffic to MacCurtain Street with transformative public realm works there and in the adjoining Bridge Street and Coburg Street area.
The project is part of a strategic city-wide move to a more sustainable environment and practices.
Speaking of the initiative, Cork City Council’s chief executive, Ann Doherty said:
“How people get to and from work and leisure is a key challenge that must be addressed if the city is to function properly and to prosper. A predominant reliance on private car usage is no longer tenable and must be replaced by greater opportunities for walking and cycling and radically improved public transport”.
“In the coming years, those who live and visit the city will see significant change. As part of the National Development Plan, a fund of €200 million is available to Cork to invest in public transport to improve bus frequency, capacity, journey time and ticketing. Public consultation on the Bus Connect network is already underway”.
“On a broader and bigger scale, the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) provides a coherent, integrated transport planning policy framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure to support the development of the Greater Cork area. CMATS has been developed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in collaboration with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), Cork City Council and Cork County Council.”