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Easier access to railway station and more cycle route proposed

Monday, 18th February, 2013 8:00am
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Easier access to railway station and more cycle route proposed

By Leo McMahon

COUNTY travellers will be glad to hear that Cork Kent Railway Station is to get a revamp including a long overdue cycle and pedestrian link with the bus station and city centre while a green route is also on the way for commuters from Carrigaline and students attending UCC.

These form part of an €8.3 million sustainable transport investment programme for implementation by the city and county councils announced recently by Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly .

A sum of €600,000 is being allocated to Cork Kent Station. The proposed works will create a cycle and pedestrian link between the station and the city centre as well as addressing bus linkages between both to enhance the accessibility of the city centre. It will include junction upgrades, footpath and environmental improvements, bus priority and cycling facilities.

Minister Kelly said he would also like to see a more direct motor vehicle route from the station to the city because at present, all drivers must turn right exiting on to the outbound Lower Glanmire Road.

A graduate of UCC, Minister Kelly said the college has a large number of cyclists within its staff and pupil population and the programme provides €466,250 to establish the best route for cyclists to and from the city centre so that measures such as cycle lanes and modifications to crossings can be put in place to encourage a greater uptake of cycling along a relatively flat route. He also said that the Department of Transport is currently seeking a business sponsor for a city bike-rental scheme, similar to that working so well in Dublin.

Cork city and suburbs extending into the county has relatively low public transport (8% compared to 21% in Dublin) and bicycle (just 2%) usage.

‘We want more people to use public transport, cycle and walk to work or school but they need the necessary infrastructure to make that choice’, said the minister, who was accompanied by Lord Mayor John Buttimer and Cllr Michael O’Connell and city council officers Sarah Danaher, John Stapleton and Liz Kidney.

Other proposals in the €8.3m programme include completion of Carrigaline green route phase one, €220,000, and starting phase two via Maryborought Hill, €550,000; a design to upgrade with lighting, Foster’s Cross, Carrigaline, €16,000; a third pedestrian crossing at Crosshaven, €8,000; Passage West Schools Access Project at three junctions in the town, €66,000; upgrade of bus stop at Clarke’s Wood, Rochestown, €30,000; Douglas village transport network, €280,000 and a cycle corridor from Douglas to the city centre.