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Green light given for MacCurtain Street plans

Wednesday, 14th October, 2020 2:35pm

MacCurtain Street is set for a revamp after city councillors this week gave the green light for a major project to proceed.

The MacCurtain Street Public Transport Improvement Scheme which Cork City Council, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority, unveiled details of during the summer, came before councillors at Monday’s meeting of Cork City Council to approve.

The project is part of the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) which aims to improve public transport and the movement of people throughout the city.

The other streets covered by the scheme include Leitrim Street, Coburg Street, Bridge Street, St Patricks Quay, Brian Boru Street, Merchants Quay, Andersons Quay as well as Cathedral Walk and part of Mulgrave Road.

In a report furnished to councillors, Gerry O’Beirne, Director of Services, Infrastructure Development Directorate, said: “For the MacCurtain Street Scheme, the establishment of safe walking routes for students is a particular priority given the concentration of schools within a relatively small area of the city centre.

“Over reliance on cars to drop and collect students at schools is a significant contributor to traffic congestion and the creation of viable alternatives to this practice must be developed. The Covid-19 pandemic has also intensified the need to look at different ways to move and travel around the city.

“More street space is needed to facilitate the social distancing requirements so that the many small businesses can re-open and function in the area. More people are likely to seek to walk and cycle for shorter trips as they go about their daily business.”

During the meeting, councillors were told that 69 submissions were received since the project was first advertised during the summer. Mr O’Beirne said that following consideration of the issues raised in the submissions, some amendments and clarifications were made.

These include:














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