THERE was traffic chaos yesterday for commuters in Cork after several incidents left the road network completely clogged.
At approximately 5.30am, Cork County Council’s fire crews from Midleton and Cobh responded to an incident on the N25 westbound between junction three and junction two.
The incident, involving the rear tyres of a fuel tanker catching fire, was quickly brought under control by the Midleton and Cobh Brigades.
Cork County Council confirmed that no one was injured in the incident.
“Council crews with four appliances and one water tanker were operational throughout the incident.
“An Garda Síochána and the National Ambulance Service were also in attendance.
“Initially both carriageways of the N25 were closed and traffic diversions put in place.
“Fire crews remained on the scene until 11am when the clean-up operation was being completed.
“The N25 westbound opened at 1.40pm. No persons were injured during this incident.”
Separately, five units from Anglesea St responded to a road traffic collision northbound, on the N40 South Ring Rd at the entrance to the Jack Lynch Tunnel at approximately 8.30am.
A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade said one person was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Commuters experienced long delays to their journeys as a result of the incidents yesterday.
Speaking to The Echo, Fine Gael councillor Des Cahill said he is hopeful that traffic congestion in Cork will be eased when the Dunkettle Interchange project is completed.
“It’s a key piece of infrastructure.
“I think the figure is 76,000 cars a day go through the tunnel daily.
“You can’t just add a third lane, so Dunkettle, to a large part, will be the solution,” he said.
“Personally, on a broader sense, I think that also shows the importance for the North Ring Road because it gives an alternative way of circumventing across to the city other than just having to use the tunnel.
“There’s no categoric agreement in terms of where it will be and the funding structure for it. That’s more of a long-term plan. I would prefer to see it as a medium-term — I think everyone in the city would but it’s NTA [ National Transport Authority] funding required for that.
“It wasn’t really outlined in the recent NTA presentation of a €3.5bn spend over the next 20 years in Cork infrastructure.”