City Hall has confirmed the afternoon car ban for Patrick's Street will return on August 9.
From that date, access will be limited to buses, taxis, emergency vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists from 3.00 pm to 6.30 pm each day.
To address the concerns of traders, who forced a suspension of the car ban, Cork City Council said a range of incentives will be introduced
- The extension of the Park And Ride service into the city centre. There will be additional stops at Merchants Quay, St Patrick’s St, Grand Parade and South Mall to improve connectivity between the Park and Ride and city centre.
- A network of 26 set down parking spaces is being established on South Mall, Grand Parade, Parnell Place, Drawbridge and Cornmarket St to facilitate shoppers and visitors.
- From August 9th, half-price parking will be offered at Paul Street and North Main Street Car Parks from 1pm to 6.30pm.
- The opening hours of the city’s Park And Ride service will be extended to between 7am and 8pm The Park And Ride will be free of charge from 12 noon Reduced bus fares will be available from August 9th Passengers on the northbound 203 and 215 buses will also be stopping on St. Patrick’s St. for the first time.
Cork City Council said the Patrick’s St bus priority corridor is a key element in the City Centre Movement Strategy (CCMS) which seeks to address the traffic management issues as Cork targets 10,000 new jobs in the city centre within five years.
"Traffic congestion in Cork is now worse than it was at the height of the economic boom in 2007," City Hall said.
"Two-thirds of the 110,000 vehicles entering the city centre every day are using it as a “through route” to other destinations. This through traffic brings no benefit to businesses in the city and makes it more difficult for those who work, visit and shop in the city centre to get around,"
"The new traffic arrangements will allow the city’s buses to transport people in the city centre much more quickly and efficiently. Last year, 12.6 million people used city bus services and St. Patrick’s St. is the main public transport “hub” with almost 1,000 buses using the street each day.