Gardaí: Expect traffic delays over weekend

Gardaí: Expect traffic delays over weekend
Event controller Sophie Ridley and Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions at the press conference with Supt John Quilter and Sgt Niall Daly of Anglesea Street. Pic: Larry Cummins

GARDAI are warning the public to expect traffic delays over the weekend as tens of thousands of people travel to Cork for the Ed Sheeran concerts.

While a substantial traffic management plan has been prepared with the help of residents and local businesses, senior Gardai in Cork say that the sheer volume of traffic will lead to delays on the city's road network.

They are appealing to concertgoers to make use of shuttle buses, public transport and city car parks, all of which will stay open until at least midnight.

John Quilter, superintendent at Anglesea Street, warned people not to drive to Pairc Ui Chaoimh as parking is not available. Those who park illegally will have their cars towed, he added.

Mr Quilter said, "We ask motorists to take extreme care and to park legally and responsibly; there will be a tow policy in operation and City Hall traffic wardens will also be on the beat to monitor the parking situation.

"Expect delays, especially on Friday on afternoon as people finish up for the bank holiday weekend; and throughout the weekend as people make their way here for the concerts.

"We believe that we have a comprehensive traffic management plan in place that will address any issues."

Mr Quilter added that safety remains the 'top priority' for gardaí ahead of this weekend's concerts, with a huge number of gardaí and security staff in place to ensure all goes to plan.

Gardai also appealed to concertgoers to respect residents and businesses, noting that traffic wardens will be on the beat on the Blackrock Road all day to ensure that the locals are not inconvenienced.

A shuttle bus will operate from Kent Station and Lapp's Quay from 3pm on the days of the concerts, departing every 15 minutes until 8pm. It is a one-way route, with no shuttles available afterwards due to the sheer number of people leaving the stadium at that time.

Bus Eireann is, however, increasing the frequency of the 202 bus service via Mahon to cater for demand, while trains will also run later than normal to cater for concertgoers.

Full details of the garda traffic management plan is on www.garda.ie.

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