RENEWED calls have been made for improved bus services in the expanded northside of the city.
The recent Cork city boundary extension has seen areas like Tower, Cloghroe and Kerry Pike become part of the city.
With several new housing developments in the area and their surrounds, Councillor Thomas Gould (SF) has called for existing bus services to be reviewed.
The 215 bus currently serves the Mallow Road, Kileens, Blarney, Tower Village and Cloghroe, while the 202 serves Knocknaheeny and Hollyhill. However, Mr Gould said a revised and integrated bus route needs to be implemented to include Kerry Pike and Clogheen that will link up with Tower and the city.
“One of the issues emanating from the boundary extension is that the people of Tower, Kerry Pike and Shanakiel are looking for a dedicated bus service for those areas. Clogheen village is due to double in size with housing developments and there are hundreds of people living in the Tower area but working in the city,” said Mr Gould.
“Residents in the area are looking for a direct bus route through Tower, Clogheen, Kerry Pike and Shanakiel that will come directly into the city.
“People in Sunday’s Well and Blarney Street have a shocking bus service. There is a massive development scheduled to happen at the Good Shepherd Convent. We need to be able to link up all these area areas on the northside.
“We are trying to get traffic off the road and reduce congestion and the only way to do it is to provide an integrated bus service and all these areas need to be included in that.”
This follows pleas from residents in Kilcully who are calling for a bus service as the area gets set for the construction of up to 800 new homes on the Old Whitechurch Road.
Requests have been made to the National Transport Authority (NTA) to extend the 207A bus service to the area.