Calls for improved implementation of traffic laws under Operation Freeflow have been made following two evenings of chaos on the N40 with long tailbacks on the main roads in the city.
Yesterday, a number of people complained about having to spend two hours making short journeys across the city and this evening there are two collisions on the N40, both westbound, one at J5 Togher and another at J10 Mahon with delays reported at both locations.
Labour Local Area Representative Peter Horgan has written to Ministers Shane Ross and Charlie Flanagan and Commissioner Drew Harris to initiate the Garda Operation in Cork.
"We haven’t even had the schools back and already there is chaos on the roads with the smallest accident causing incredible knock-on effects into every corner of the city,” Mr Horgan said.
"The introduction of Operation Freeflow as a year-round project is needed for the sake of the city centre and estates in the suburbs subjected to daily rat runs by commuters seeking to make it to work.
“It would allow safer traffic flows for all users - motorists, cyclists and walking commuters. There have been few efforts to manage the growing traffic volumes, and ensure the rules of the road are being observed in the Jack Lynch Tunnel, on the South Link and the North Ring. "
Mr Horgan said he was keen to ensure the city was proactive about the traffic problems being experienced and said there would be a number of benefits to be reaped from the efforts if engaged.
"Operation Freeflow in Cork would also benefit public transport and increase confidence in its use. The more confidence we have in public transport - the more users. Simples."
Operation Freeflow was first introduced by the then Minister for Environment Brendan Howlin in December 1996 and the key objective was to ensure that traffic laws were enforced such as keeping junctions, bus lanes and yellow boxes clear.
“The Government and relevant authorities including An Garda Síochána and Cork City & County Councils should now act to ensure there is a robust plan in place," stressed Mr Horgan.