Wilton project labelled draconian, expensive and unnecessary

Wilton project labelled draconian, expensive and unnecessary
A map showing the planned changes to the Wilton Road and Dennehy’s Cross.

Plans for an overhaul of the Wilton Road have been labelled draconian, expensive and unnecessary by the Wilton Community Action Group.

The WCAG also claim the proposed project will have an even greater negative impact on the quality of residents’ lives.

The Wilton Corridor Project aims to provide six lanes on the busy route — a bus lane and a bike lane city-bound and outbound, and a single traffic lane each way for regular vehicular traffic.

The first phase, which will focus on the stretch between the Wilton roundabout and Dennehy’s Cross, will require the use of a portion of several front gardens along the western side of the road.

The plans also include the shifting of traffic flow through the busy Dennehy’s Cross junction slightly westwards and the installation of traffic lights at the junction of Wilton Gardens.

The Wilton Gardens- Wilton Road junction showing the houses that might loose their front gardens for a proposed bus lane. Picture Dan Linehan
The Wilton Gardens- Wilton Road junction showing the houses that might loose their front gardens for a proposed bus lane. Picture Dan Linehan

The WCAG has written to Cork City Councillors to vent their frustration and anger at the project.

Nearly 100 signatures were collected at two residents meetings where the “general view was vehemently against the proposal”, according to the letter.

“The piecemeal issuing of minimal information as well as the refusal to engage fully and allow residents sight of the full project details was felt to be particularly infuriating.

“It would appear that CCC have learned nothing from the Patrick Street ban fiasco.” 

The WCAG set out a number of issues it had with the proposal including concerns that pollution levels on the road could cause serious cardiovascular and respiratory problems, especially among children and adults.

The group also hit out at the council’s track record in planning in the Wilton area, which it said has turned “a pleasant residential area into congested, over capacity, polluted, noise ridden race track, where outside of rush hours, speeding is uncontrolled”.

The WCAG added that with the expected population growth in Cork in the coming years, the proposed scheme “does not address the expected explosion to traffic volumes or capacity issues as a result of totally inadequate road infrastructure”.

The group said that the plan will only add to issues such as traffic volumes, noise and pollution which will be even closer to homes.

The WCAG instead proposed to reduce the speed limit to 30kph and install traffic lights at Wilton Gardens, claiming this would address issues of speeding, noise, pollution, safety, subsidence, and parking.

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