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McGrath: Carrigaline plan overdue

Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 5:01pm

The announcement of a long-awaited public realm and transport plan for Carrigaline has been hailed as a critical step in transforming the town.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Seamus McGrath this week welcomed the news that a tender process for a consultant team to carry out a public realm and transport plan for the town has been started by Cork County Council.

“Carrigaline has developed significantly over decades, and is now the largest town in Cork county. It needs public investment, but that has to be built over a plan,” Cllr McGrath said.

“Carrigaline is a great town, but it has often been said that we need a heart to the town centre, an attractive and well-designed public space.

He added: “I am hopeful that this plan will be very broad and across many different disciplines, encompassing town centre enhancement, infrastructure and public transport, cycling and vehicle accommodation.”

Calling the arrival of a long-term plan for Carrigaline “well overdue” and that it “should have been done years ago2, Cllr McGrath said the town had strengths that were not being exploited.

“We are a town with a number of natural assets including our Owenabue River and the harbour, which perhaps have not been maximised as areas like Crosshaven have done.

“The public realm works, which need to be a part of this overall plan, need to tap into these resources.”

Cllr McGrath added that a number of road developments were needed in the area, such as an outer relief road and proper connectivity to the nearby Ringaskiddy employment hub, as well as a possible Park and Ride service.

Separate plans for an inner relief road are due to commence in the near future, while plans for the Bóthar Guidel corridor have been published by Cork County Council.

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