New road layout in the city
New permanent northbound traffic flow arrangements came into operation in Cork City this week.
The new traffic arrangements, which began on Tuesday, are part of the MacCurtain Street Public Transport Improvement Scheme, and coincide with works moving onto Lavitt’s Quay and Merchant’s Quay and continuing works on St Patrick’s Quay, which will result in some lane restrictions on these quays for a period, Cork City Council said ahead of the changes.
The changes are, City Hall said, part of an ongoing programme of sustainable traffic management initiatives to prioritise public transport and provide greatly improved options for walking and cycling across the city.
Cork has led the way nationally in the pedestrianisation of landmark city streets and accelerated the provision of new cycling and walking infrastructure.
From Tuesday 9 August, traffic travelling from the South Ring Road, Parnell Place and St Patrick’s Street will need to use Brian Boru Bridge or Michael Collins Bridge and onwards to St Patricks Quay and Camden Quay to access the N20, Mulgrave Road and Blackpool.
To facilitate the new traffic flow arrangements the following changes will take place:
• A dedicated right turn lane will be provided from the N20 onto Mulgrave Road/Pope’s Quay
• 2 right turning eastbound lanes will be provided on Parnell Place
• A new northbound lane will be put into operation on Brian Boru Bridge to provide access to Brian Boru Street and St Patrick's Quay
• Northbound vehicular traffic will no longer be permitted to turn right from Merchant’s Quay onto St Patrick's Bridge or to turn right from Lavitt's Quay onto Christy Ring Bridge (except for buses)
• 2 lanes will be provided on Camden Quay turning right onto the N20 to facilitate the new traffic route.
Visit transportforcorkcity.ie for details of the changes.
A spokesperson in City Hall said: “Please observe the signage in place and allow extra time for your journey as people adjust to the new arrangements. Cork City Council thanks you for your ongoing patience as works continue and the traffic changes are implemented.”