Traffic mayhem at Airport roundabout

Traffic mayhem at Airport roundabout

Work on the Cork Airport roundabout caused rush hour traffic chaos on the four approach routes earlier this week but the contractors have since amended their working hours following a wave of complaints from motorists. Picture: Jim Coughlan

CONTRACTORS working on the Cork Airport roundabout have amended their hours and changed traffic management measures after the beginning of works led to ‘mayhem’ during rush hour traffic.

Work began on the site on Monday afternoon and traffic cones were used to reduce approaches to the roundabout to one lane from each of the four approaches. This led to severe tailbacks at rush hour on Monday, particularly for people working in the Cork Airport Business Park.

Some commuters faced delays of an hour or more to get clear of the traffic and the queues were repeated yesterday, with tailbacks stretching back as far as Ballygarvan, with a number of parents reporting delays on the school-run.

“I received complaints from people who said they were delayed for an hour-and-a-half trying to come out the Airport Business Park on Monday,” local councillor Seamus McGrath said. “It was mayhem in the morning and evening.”

Commuters and residents were irate at the lack of warning about the work.

Cork Airport also confirmed to the Evening Echo it had no advance notice roadworks were starting on Monday.

Following a wave of complaints, Cork County Council issued an apology to motorists for the delays and lack of warning.

“Operating hours have been restricted and will finish at 4pm,” the statement said. “The starting time will be decided following a review of the traffic conditions between 8am and 10am. Works will not commence before rush hour tomorrow morning.”

The timescale for the works has been estimated at six weeks and involve ‘improvements to the visual amenity provided by the roundabout at a key entry gateway to the southern region’.

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