Councillor says park and ride should be rerouted to include Grand Parade

Councillor says park and ride should be rerouted to include Grand Parade
A bus leaving the Black Ash Park & Ride near Kinsale Road. Picture: Denis Minihane.

CITY Councillors are urging the local authority to re-route the park and ride service amid fears about low usage figures.

Just 128,193 vehicles used the Black Ash park and ride at the Kinsale Road roundabout last year, an average of just 351 per day.

While this was an increase from 2015, it is still significantly lower than the numbers using the service in 2012 and 2014, when more than 130,000 vehicles used the facility.

In the year to date, an average of just 331 vehicles were using the park and ride each day.

Independent councillor Paudie Dineen has urged city officials to add extra stops to the facility to make it a more attractive proposition for shoppers and visitors to the city.

Currently, the City is losing approximately €200,000 per annum in running the park and ride, according to Mr Dineen.

He proposed adding a second stop on Grand Parade, a move which he said would 'enable the Black Ash park and ride to reach its full potential while also increasing footfall into the city centre.'

City officials did not rule out the change, confirming that the operational arrangements of the park and ride are currently under review.

However, a spokesperson for the roads directorate indicated that adding a second stop on Grand Parade may hinder the overall service.

"Lapp's Quay is approximately 640m from the fountain in Grand Parade and 340m from Patrick St," he said.

"If the Black Ash park and ride bus was to access the proposed stops on Grand Parade and Patrick St, the longer route and the subsequent increased bus journey time will reduce the attractiveness and the efficiency of the service. This could outweigh any benefit of walking time to/from Lapp's Quay."

Mr Dineen disputed this, claiming that 640 metres is 'a long way for someone with bags of shopping.'

"I think it is one of the reasons that it is under-performing," he said.

"There is an onus here to make it as easy as possible to get people into the city centre to do their shopping and boost retail."

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