Public asked for input on plans for docklands

Public asked for input on plans for docklands

An aerial view of Cork Docklands. The area is set to become unrecognisable over the coming years, with high-rise commercial developments and apartment blocks set to dominate the skyline. Picture: Tom Coakley

CORK Chamber has backed City Hall’s €6.5m plan to transform infrastructure around the docklands as the city gets set to expand to its waterfront.

The development of the docklands is estimated to create up to 29,000 jobs, with 15,000 homes expected to be built over the next two to three decades.

A number of high-profile developments — such as a 25-storey apartment block at Albert Quay and a mixed-used project at Custom House Quay which is proposed to host a 34-storey hotel — are in the early planning stages.

Plans for those developments were announced as City Hall undertook a public consultation on the Cork Docklands to City Centre Road Network Scheme, which will seek to improve flows between the city centre, docklands and the N27 through a raft of measures which will include works on Victoria Road, Albert Road, Centre Park Road, Monahan Road, and as far as City Hall.

It includes infrastructure plans to facilitate residential and commercial developments, a transport network to improve connectivity between the docklands and the city centre, and transformation of the public realm.

A new boardwalk and floating pontoon for boats are to be built on Albert Quay, and new bus lanes are also in the plan. A new bridge is also included in proposals to cross the River Lee between Albert Quay and Victoria Road.

The Chamber’s submission on the plan advocates for bicycle parking stands, raised pedestrian crossings at Albert Quay and Centre Park Road and 30km/h speed limits.

Thomas McHugh of Cork Chamber said the proposals for Albert Quay’s waterfront will be transformative, but has called for the cycle network to be connected with the rest of the city.

“Cork’s docklands will soon become a distinct focal point for commercial activity in the city centre, and it must have best in class transport infrastructure to compete internationally,” Mr McHugh said.

“Currently we have a cycle network in Cork that is plagued by inconsistencies and crucial infrastructure gaps in the network. It is essential that every available opportunity is taken to address the overall cyclability of Cork City." 

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