City Hall will ban private cars from driving on Patrick Street from 3pm to 6.30pm each day from ‘mid to late March’. The ban comes as a new report reveals that the worst traffic pinch points in Cork city are slowing buses down to average speeds of between one and six kilometres per hour.
A pinch-point review, carried out by Jacob’s Engineering for Bus Eireann, has revealed that buses are crawling on many city routes, often leading to delayed arrivals and inconsistent pick-up times.
Bus Éireann regional manager, Martin Walsh, described the report as “pretty damning”, saying: “It shows the 25 worst sections of bus route in Cork have average peak-hour speeds of between one and six kilometres per hour. That really points out that we need extensive bus lanes.
“Where there are bus lanes, we are up to 20 to 22 kilometres per hour and where there’s none, you’re down to two to three kilometres an hour — so there’s an absolutely massive difference.
“We have 2,637 bus movements through Cork city each day and 972 of those are through Patrick Street.”