Truck ban for Cork city proposed in major Cork transport plan

Truck ban for Cork city proposed in major Cork transport plan
Image of one of the possible bus priority lanes on Summerhill North. Pic: Philip Watkin of 3ddesignshop.com

Trucks, lorries and other heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will be banned from Cork’s city centre under the major new transport strategy to be launched in Cork tomorrow.

The Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) has been developed by the National Transport Authority in conjunction with Cork’s city and county councils.

It will be officially launched at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday.

Concept image of a possible greenway across the Chetwynd Viaduct ion the old Kinsale Railway line from the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy. Pic: Philip Watkin of 3ddesignshop.com
Concept image of a possible greenway across the Chetwynd Viaduct ion the old Kinsale Railway line from the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy. Pic: Philip Watkin of 3ddesignshop.com

As reported in The Echo, the document recommends a light-rail Luas system for the city from Ballincollig to Mahon Point amongst a range of measures that aim to transform Cork’s transport network over the next 20 years.

The ban on HGVs would cover an area inside the South Ring Road and the planned northern distributor road.

The strategy will examine the feasibility of having consolidation centres on the outskirts of the city to facilitate smaller, lower-emission vehicles delivering to the city centre.

This could result in the greater use of cargo bikes or small electric vans delivering to restaurants and shops.

With a major focus on public transport through light rail, suburban rail and more buses, the strategy proposes a general reduction in on-street parking levels in city and town centres over to accommodate bus priority, laybys, safer crossing facilities, seating, contra-flow cycle lanes, bicycle share schemes and cycle parking.

Computer-generated image of one of the eight new train stations at Blackpool taken from the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy document. Pic: Philip Watkin of 3ddesignshop.com
Computer-generated image of one of the eight new train stations at Blackpool taken from the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy document. Pic: Philip Watkin of 3ddesignshop.com

Additional on-street spaces will be repurposed to support flood schemes and public realm improvements including street trees, wider footpaths and recreational facilities.

The overall cost of the Strategy is approximately €3.55bn, and its delivery will be subject to the availability of funding. However, it is forecast the strategy will deliver far greater returns and economic benefits than the costs incurred.

The CMATS strategy also proposes a series of cycle and pedestrian greenways.

These include the Lee to the Sea Greenway from Ballincollig to Passage West, a cycleway on the old Bandon/Kinsale Railway incorporating the Chetwynd Viaduct and a Greenway linking City-Tivoli-Glanmire-Little Island-Carrigtwohill and Midleton with a potential extension to Youghal via the old railway line.

Image of one of the possible bus priority lanes on the Douglas Road taken from the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy document. Pic: Philip Watkin of 3ddesignshop.com
Image of one of the possible bus priority lanes on the Douglas Road taken from the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy document. Pic: Philip Watkin of 3ddesignshop.com

CMATS will also include a major upgrade of Cork’s suburban railway between Mallow and Cobh and Midleton.

It is planned to provide a continuous rail connection between East Cork and North Cork through Kent Station with the development of new platforms at Kent and Cobh and up to eight new train stations.

It is also planned to electrify the local rail network to allow for quieter trains that can run at a greater frequency.

While many of the proposals may not be developed for more than 10 years a number of short-term measures are recommended, including the design of the Luas route, a park and ride at Dunkettle and the Lee to the Sea Greenway.

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