Little Island businesses demand traffic changes

Little Island businesses demand traffic changes

A PUBLIC bike scheme in Little Island and a second lane at the exit to Dunkettle Roundabout are some of the measures recommended by businesses to alleviate traffic in the industrial hub.

Businesses in Little Island have identified a number of short-term and medium-term measures to relieve congestion in and around the island.

It comes on foot of a recent meeting between Cork Chamber’s members based in Little Island, Cork County Council and transport consultants SYSTRA.

Among the short-term measures suggested to Cork County Council are:

  • A city centre bus service to East Gate and shuttle bus service from the train station to East Gate. 
  • A public bike share scheme with stations located across Little Island and at the train station. 
  • A second lane at the exit to Dunkettle Roundabout 
  • Changes to light sequencing at the exit and entrance to accommodate higher volumes of traffic at peak times 

In the medium term, Cork Chamber’s members have suggested a new N25 easterly entrance and exit to facilitate the development of Harbour Point and ease pressure on the eastern side of Little Island.

Members also propose the development of dedicated bus and carpool lanes on the island.

Conor Healy, Cork Chamber chief executive, said: “Little Island is the largest industrial and commercial space in Metropolitan Cork and is home to almost 6,000 employees with plans in place to attract another 2,000 jobs to the area. 

"However, with only two access and exit points, Little Island experiences significant traffic congestion issues particularly at peak commuting times which we hope the proposals from our members will help address.

"Cork Chamber welcomes the commitment by Cork County Council to implement a long-term transportation strategy for Little Island and the Council’s openness to direct engagement with businesses experiencing the day-to-day frustration of traffic congestion."

"Cork has ambitious plans to grow our national and international economic footprint during the next 30 years and by implementing both immediate and medium-term measures to help the movement of traffic, we believe Little Island will be key to successfully realising Cork’s future potential,” he said.

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