Little Island transport strategy approved by local councillors

Little Island transport strategy approved by local councillors
An aerial view of the capacity improvement works in the Little Island interchange area. Construction works are due to get underway on Monday, February 11.

THE Little Island Transportation Strategy has been approved by local councillors, but a separate report is to be carried out on the need for a third access road into the industrial hub.

The strategy outlines a number of ways to ease congestion in Little Island, including improved public transport options.

Works to improve the access at Little Island’s eastern entrance will also be carried out as part of the wider Dunkettle Interchange project.

The transportation strategy will now go forward to a full meeting of Cork County Council, for discussion and adoption.

Cork Chamber director of public affairs, Thomas McHugh, said: “The Dunkettle Interchange will be a game-changer for Little Island, but we must work through the steps together to get there and Little Island businesses need to see immediate and sustained progress.”

An aerial view of the capacity improvement works in the Little Island interchange area. Construction works are due to get underway on Monday, February 11.
An aerial view of the capacity improvement works in the Little Island interchange area. Construction works are due to get underway on Monday, February 11.

Cork Chamber organised a meeting between the Little Island business community and the Dunkettle project team on the details of the interchange upgrade and the capacity improvement works, which start next Monday.

Mr McHugh said: “The project team are working hard to minimise the negative impacts of these works for Little Island businesses and residents alike, and these ongoing meetings are crucial for keeping all business stakeholders informed.”

Fianna Fáil’s Councillor Padraig O’Sullivan said a number of additions were made to the transportation strategy, including a separate report to be done on the need for a third entry point.

Mr O’Sullivan also said he received a commitment that engineers will monitor the impact that these changes will have on traffic.

“They will be monitoring improvements as they go in. The council will install equipment, which will monitor all traffic in and out of Little Island.

“If levels of traffic start to breach the levels that the numbers that their traffic models can sustain, then at least I have something where I can turn around and say, ‘this isn’t sustainable’,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

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