Marina likely to remain closed to vehicles permanently

Marina likely to remain closed to vehicles permanently

Cyclists enjoying the pedestrianised Marina. Pic: Larry Cummins.

The Marina will likely never be open to cars again, according to a local City Councillor.

Cllr Des Cahill said works are underway at the Marina to ensure it is a top amenity for pedestrians in Cork city.

The Marina was pedestrianised earlier this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic and, with that pedestrianised period extended, Cllr Cahill said he cannot see it ending.

“It’s going to be pedestrianised now until the end of December and I can’t see it ever being open to cars again,” he told The Echo.

“We’re currently looking at a design to see what improvements we can make that will fit in with the overall plan to link it to the city.

“It’s great to see the greenway plans finished and extensive works have already been completed in that regard,” he added.

“The Marina Park works are also ongoing at the moment.” 

The Marina recently pedestrianised as part of the Reimagining Cork City Programme.
The Marina recently pedestrianised as part of the Reimagining Cork City Programme.

Cllr Cahill said locals and the people of wider Cork are very happy with the newly pedestrianised amenity.

“The Marina is going very well at the moment and people are very happy with it.

“I get my steps in on it, like many people now, early in the morning and later in the evening.

“It’s a fantastic amenity,” he added.

“In the short-term, we extended the time that it will be pedestrianised.

“We’re going to use that time in City Hall to get a design and costings completed and then apply for that funding nationally.

“Since it first closed to cars, 100 car park spaces have been created nearby to allow people to come and make use of the Marina.

“The Marina Greenway cycle lane has also been installed and we’re seeking to install bike parking there as well.”

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