Upgrade plans of Coach Hill could take 12 months to finalise

Upgrade plans of Coach Hill could take 12 months to finalise
Coach Hill on the Rochestown Road, Cork.

PLANS to upgrade the busy Coach Hill road could be as long as 12 months away from being finalised, City Hall has confirmed.

The road which links Rochestown and Clarke’s Hill with a number of housing estates has been the subject of calls for an upgrade for several years with many parts of it deemed not fit for purpose due to the volume of traffic in the area. It also has no footpath in several places and locals find it difficult to walk along the road.

Landowner issues had been holding up pedestrian safety works on the road between Belmont and Thornbury View until last year but it is understood that these had been resolved before the city council took over as the local authority in charge of the area from Cork County Council.

Local councillors have long called for the Coach Hill road to be upgraded. The state of the road has repeatedly been raised by Councillor Deirdre Forde (FG).

“This situation has been ongoing for a number of years and there are pinch points there,” she told council officials this week.

Kieran McCarthy (IND) has called for the plans to be presented to the public and funding put in place.

However, City Hall director of roads and transportation Gerry O’Beirne said works are still some way off with only draft designs completed and funding is not yet in place.

“The Coach Hill Project is one of a number of proposed improvement schemes that transferred to Cork City Council as part of the City boundary expansion process. A draft preliminary design has been prepared for the scheme and this is currently under review.

“It is anticipated that, subject to funding being available, Cork City Council would be able to progress the appointment of a consultant to advance the Part 8 planning process over the coming twelve months. Subject to council approval and funding, the scheme could be progressed through detailed design, tender and construction phases thereafter."

The long-awaited upgrade for the junction of Clarke’s Hill and the Rochestown Road was brought to the final planning stages by Cork County Council in December of last year before the area transferred into the city. Funding has also not yet been secured for this project.

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