Call for action on Carrigaline gridlock

Call for action on Carrigaline gridlock

Heavy traffic on the main street in Carrigaline. Picture: Dan Linehan

LOCAL representatives have called for an in-depth traffic study on the roads in and around Carrigaline amid ongoing gridlock in the town.

While a number of upgrades are planned, local councillors anticipate that the growing population of Cork’s fastest-growing town could cause havoc for motorists who already face major delays on a daily basis.

Carrigaline’s Main Street already handles 15,000 vehicles each day.

Planning permission is under review for an upgrade at the Ashgrove Roundabout, while improvement works have been approved for the Shannonpark Roundabout.

While he welcomed the proposals, former County Mayor Seamus McGrath said that a thorough study of all traffic issues in Carrigaline is essential.

“A full transportation study is in the local area plan,” he said.

“It is needed. There are significant traffic problems in Carrigaline, particularly at peak times, and I would like to see a study. It’s not just at peak times, though, you could go down to the main street on a Saturday and get held up for 15 minutes, easily. We need to bite the bullet,” he added.

Cork County Council senior engineer Peter O’Donoghue said issues related to traffic in Carrigaline will likely be dealt with in a forthcoming transportation study and said the Council’s focus is on the most pressing traffic issues.

He added that a plan for Main Street was needed to make it more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.

“There are always gaps for Carrigaline that we could be solving one at a time,” he said.

“There’s a lot of works that could be done but our priorities are the ones that are urgent and will give the most benefit. It is acknowledged that peak hour traffic congestion is a significant problem. Existing signalised junctions have been reviewed and improvement works have been identified. The carrying out of these works is dependent on the availability of resources.

“Further analysis of critical links is required to identify where desirable improvements can be made. The Western Relief Road is progressing through the detailed design stage.

“[The] Shannonpark Roundabout upgrade is likely to take place in 2018. The M28 Motorway scheme, if it comes to fruition, will give significant relief to commuters in the area,” he added.

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