ALMOST 90 submissions have been made to Cork City Council to upgrade the popular greenway from the Marina to Mahon.
Plans to revamp the Passage Railway Greenway route from Páirc Uí Chaoimh all the way to Mahon include the widening of the existing surfaced area from three metres to five metres over the entire length of the existing greenway.
The construction of a new access ramp from the greenway to the Marina is included along with improved access from the Blackrock Road by reinstating the footbridge, utilising the existing historic abutments, access ramps and disused railway platforms.
A new access point from Rockfields Avenue/Eden will be created by constructing a new access ramp and refurbishing the existing stone arch overbridge and upgrading both access ramps from the Skehard Road.
New public lighting will be installed along the full extent of the greenway along with CCTV, while landscaping and new street furniture will also be included.
The route is hugely popular with walkers and runners and also forms part of the Cork City Marathon where the race meets the greenway at Blackrock castle.
Cork City Council has published the plans and are asking the public for their views.
They said the proposal aims to enhance the public realm and improve the level of service for users of the Passage Railway Greenway while highlighting the heritage of the former railway.
In 2014, Cork City Council commissioned a transportation assessment for the south east of the city. The assessment, titled ‘Cork South East Strategic Transport Corridors’, identified deficiencies along the current road network.
It also noted the need for a modal shift in the area from the private car and identified that the best potential for that shift would be to cycling. It set a target of 8% for the cycle mode share and suggested a package of infrastructural projects aimed at achieving this target.
The Passage Railway Greenway was identified as a key transport corridor in the report as it has the potential to provide the best quality and most direct route for pedestrians and cyclists between the city centre and Mahon. It recommended various improvements to the greenway, including the widening of the existing route, the provision of lighting and the improvement of access to the greenway.
The project will take approximately 10 months to construct with an anticipated start date during the second quarter of 2020.
It is envisioned that the greenway will be Cork’s answer to the Waterford Greenway, the 46km off-road cycling and walking route from Dunmanway to Waterford, which attracted more than 250,000 people in its first nine months of operation.
The Cork route will be about 25km when completed.
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