City Hall to present new plan to shut Marina Road to traffic 

City Hall to present new plan to shut Marina Road to traffic 
An outdoor event at the Marina. Pic: Gavin Browne

COUNCILLORS will be presented with a plan on the "optimal solution" to shut Marina Road to through traffic on Sundays.

Green Party councillor Lorna Bogue has been pushing the local authority to consider closing it during daylight hours in order to provide a safe, pollution-free and accessible space for people with disabilities, the elderly and children so they can enjoy the outdoors and exercise. 

The council executive has previously stated that any closure is reliant on the planned redevelopment of the Marina Park being completed but have now indicated an “optimal solution” for Sunday closures of the road will be teased out in advance, with a report being finalised by mid-2020.

From Monday to Friday, residents in Blackrock and Mahon use the road to access residential areas, meaning a permanent closure would be unlikely,

City Hall director of operations Valerie O’Sullivan said: “Marina Road will be assessed to determine to optimal solution for the area and has been included in our work programme. To be in a position to bring forward a design for the members to consider a significant quantum of technical work needs to be undertaken including but not limited to traffic counts, speed surveys, topographical surveys, traffic assessment, and impact of traffic diversions on surrounding area etc.

“It is not feasible to have a proposed design until mid-2020 at which time a report will be brought to the members. Any restrictions or modifications can only be introduced following public consultation and funding being provided to implement the scheme,” Ms O’ Sullivan added.

Contractors are still not onsite for the Marina Park redevelopment but are expected before the end of December with completion now pushed out to late 2020. The €15m-€20m project forms a central part of amenities for the Docklands area and is on a 22-hectare site on the former Cork Showgrounds land.

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