CITY Hall needs to lead by example to change the fortunes of Cork’s struggling park-and-ride.
City councillor Tim Brosnan has called on Cork City Council to require staff to use the Black Ash facility at the Kinsale Road to boost its usage numbers.
The move would free up huge amounts of parking in the city centre as well as serve as a boost to the under-performing facility, he said.
Concern has been raised that almost two-thirds of the spaces at the facility were idle last year, with just 130,000 vehicles using the facility.
Mr Brosnan has hit out at the ‘continuous whingeing’ about the struggling facility and, instead, has called for city officials to lead by example.
“Its high time city councillors, management and staff led by example on this by themselves using Park and Ride which is almost adjacent to City Hall,” he said.
“This would free up lots of spaces for people who want to come into the city to spend money. Management and staff travelling from the southside each day pass by the park and ride to take a parking place in one of the two carparks at City Hall. Councillors may also make use of the City Hall carpark when the attend meetings at City Hall.”
Mr Brosnan said that other public bodies in the city could follow suit, too.
“Bus Eireann and Iaranród Éireann management and staff who drive to work at Capwell Road and Kent Station take up spaces that could be usefully be earning parking fees while at the same time,” he said.
“There is absolutely no reason why those employees travelling from the south or west should not use the current park and ride.”
The Montenotte-based representative also encouraged the city to develop a park and ride on the northside, too, to facilitate travel from this side of the city.
“It’s a bit of a farce really when you have meetings between all these officials around traffic flow and traffic management and the obvious is never discussed,” he said.