Traffic levels begin to rise on Cork roads

Traffic levels begin to rise on Cork roads
Traffic on the South Link Road.Picture Denis Minihane.

TRAFFIC on Cork’s roads has increased by 7% over the last week as further restrictions were lifted and travel to any county in the country was permitted from Monday in line with the Government’s roadmap to reopening business and society.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) data shows that major routes in Cork saw an increase of 7% in traffic, about three quarters of the levels of traffic seen on Cork’s roads this time last year.

A breakdown of the data shows an annual average daily traffic of 12,009 on the N27 between Cork Airport and the city compared to 20,352 last year.

Annual average daily traffic on the N71 between Ballinhassig and the N40 sits at 14,588 compared to 21,313 this time last year.

The N22 Between Ballincollig and Ovens has seen a decrease of 7,423 on the road since last year while the N22 between Lissarda and Macroom saw a decrease of 4,878.

The N40 between Kinsale Road and Douglas Interchange on the South Ring Road had a an annual average daily traffic of 60,379 compared to 86,549 last year and the N08 Between Glanmire Roundabound and Junction 19 N08/N25 Dunkettle saw a decrease of 11,466 with an annual average daily traffic of 29,118.

Despite the decrease in traffic of about 32% on Cork roads when compared to last year, Director of Consumer Affairs at the AA, Conor Faughnan, said that problems could occur if current health guidelines remain in place into the autumn.

"Come the autumn, as the days draw in and the weather worsens, if we have a full return to work and if the schools restart, then we face a major challenge with the provision of public transport.

"So certainly that is something all Irish cities are facing into. It really emphasises the importance of initiatives like promoting cycling for example,” he said.

Car traffic volumes today showed significantly stronger growth when compared with Tuesday June 23.

Overall, TII data shows that car traffic is typically down by between 28% and 39% of the volumes of one year ago.

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