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Pedestrian bridges a step further

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 5:12pm

Funding has been approved for two new pedestrian bridges in East Cork.

The new footbridges in Castlemartyr and Killeagh were given the go-ahead by Cork County Council this week with environmental and habitat investigations now underway on the sites.

The bridge in Castlemartyr is expected to improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians going to the village.

There is currently only a narrow footpath near the busy N25 road and a small footbridge connecting many residents to the village.

Sinn Féin Cllr Danielle Twomey welcomed the confirmation of the projects.

She told the Cork Independent: “This is something I’ve been campaigning for this for the last two and a half years. I went on a walk with the Castlemartyr Family Carers and Disability Group, who have been campaigning on it for a lot longer, to highlight the dangers of the current crossing for wheelchair users.”

She continued: “You have a situation where the majority of the population live on the Youghal side of the current footbridge, while all the amenities are on the opposite side. The path there currently is too narrow for things like buggies, and if people are trying to pass each other you’re stepping out onto the main road and taking your life into your hands.

“It’s a very important issue to me, and it feels like all our Christmases have come at once to finally get funding for these projects over the line,” Cllr Twomey finished.

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