THE Cork Business Association (CBA) has said the upcoming closure of the northbound route on Patrick Street for two months amounts to "short term pain for long term gain."
For July and August, the street will be closed on the northbound route, from Daunt Square towards Patrick’s Bridge for major resurfacing and maintenance work.
CEO of the CBA Laurence Owens said; “It is part of a long-term process.”
Mr Owens said although he acknowledges the fact the disturbances will be a headache for traders and shoppers, he maintains it is for the good of the city.
“No one wants disruption or change, but it is needed for improvement.”
The CBA chief said he and his organisation have been lobbying for an upgrade of the street for some time and it would be hypocritical to change their tone now.
“We, as an organisation, have been very critical of Cork City Council with regard the repairs needed in on Patrick Street.
“It would be a bit rich of us to turn around now and denounce these changes after lobbying for so long.” Mr Owens said the works comes at an ideal time.
“It is the most appropriate time of the year, there is less traffic in the summer. I know it is tourist season, but it is the best time.” With relation to the responsibilities of the CBA with regards the repairs, Mr Owens said they hoped to liaise between Cork City Council, the traders and the shoppers to try and make the upgrade as seamless as possible.
“The best thing to do is to keep the lines of communication open, so we are able to help and advise the public with relation to upcoming changes.
“It is important that we minimise inconvenience.
“These changes have to happen, it is a challenging period for the city, but the results is a better streetscape.” Referencing the rumours that Patrick Street is to be pedestrianised, Mr Owens said, that is not the case.
“There are no plans to pedestrianise the city, only to speed up the traffic flow through the city centre.
“Ultimately, there will be a restriction placed on private traffic on Patrick Street between 3pm -6.30pm.
“This is likely to come into effect next year on a trial basis. There will still be traffic on the street, public transport and buses, but in the evening private traffic will be restricted.”