Dursey Island Cable Car to close for almost a week to facilitate inspection

Dursey Island Cable Car to close for almost a week to facilitate inspection

The disruption to the service will remain in effect from 09:30am on Monday, February 24 until 4:30pm on Saturday, February 29 to facilitate inspection.

The disruption to the service will remain in effect from 09:30am on Monday, February 24 until 4:30pm on Saturday, February 29 to facilitate inspection.

The council has stipulated that this scheduled inspection is weather dependent, as the inspection involves the use of a boat to access the island.

In December it was announced that Dursey cable car could receive an estimated €10.5 million in funding as part of an ambitious project by Cork County Council and Fáilte Ireland to develop the service.

The proposed development would have two independently operated cable cars with a visitor centre, café and improved car parking on the mainland side.

On the island, there are plans for a small building to receive the cable car along with a sheltered waiting area and toilets.

Speaking at the time Tim Lucey Chief Executive of Cork County Council said the proposals were welcomed by locals. 

"The development of the Dursey cable car and visitor centre project is warmly welcomed by both locals and tourists.

"The project will offer planned and controlled growth and would be a strong economic driver for both the area and the wider West Cork region but all the while protecting the ecology of this area which is what makes this place so unique," he said.

Plans for the new cable car system are now with An Bord Pleanála, with a decision expected in Spring 2020. 

It is expected the Dursey Island Project could be operational by early 2023.

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