- Calls for Luas system as city traffic levels soar
- 4,000 extra cars per day on road since 2015
- Fears congestion will choke recovery
CALLS are increasing for a Luas-style transport system to reduce congestion in Cork, as latest figures show significant increases in traffic volumes over the last two years.
Statistics from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) show average daily traffic levels are rising in the majority of Cork hot-spots, including the Jack Lynch tunnel and Dunkettle Interchange areas.
Traffic volumes between the Jack Lynch tunnel and the Mahon junction on the South Ring Road have increased by more than 4,000 cars per day since 2015 to 67,183.
The Dunkettle Interchange between the N25 and N28 and Little Island has seen daily volumes rise from 51,480 cars per day to 55,150.
The South Ring Road between Ballinora and Curraheen at Bishopstown has seen a rise of almost 4,000 cars per day to 41,465.
Traffic levels in and out of the city at the N20 have risen from 20,916 to 21,778, while increases have also been recorded at the N22 at Poulavone and between Ballincollig and Ovens.
Conor Faughnan, director of consumer affairs at the AA, believes the economic recovery in Cork will be hampered unless drivers are given alternative modes of transport and suggested seven Luas lines should be built in the city.
“Traffic stats are merely a barometer of the recovery that’s happened in the last couple of years,” he said.
“It is very evident in Galway and Cork. We see it continually.