The site of Cork city’s next 'park and ride' on the Carrigrohane Road will be revealed in three weeks.
A number of sites for Cork’s second Park and Ride facility have been identified on the city’s western outskirts.
The city council is now awaiting the findings of a consultant’s report, which will be completed in two to three weeks and will identify the most suitable site for the facility.
A spokesman for the local authority has confirmed that negotiations with a number of landowners are underway to secure an 800-space facility on lands located on the left-hand side of the Carrigrohane Road outbound.
The Cork Area Strategic Plan set out plans for a ‘necklace’ of high frequency, bus-based Park and Rides around the city. But just one, Black Ash off the Kinsale Road roundabout, has been delivered to date.
The Cork Business Association (CBA) has welcomed the news that the city council is close to announcing a site on the Carrigrohane Road to develop another permanent Park and Ride facility.
“We look forward to it being operational for the busy Christmas trade. A permanent Park and Ride with dedicated bus route to city centre will be welcomed by commuters from the western side of the city,” said Donal Healy of the CBA.
“This is another link in the chain, in having either a Park and Ride or Park and Rail available to the public from the four major routes into the city.
“It is imperative to have increased public transport available from the metropolitan towns like Ballincollig, Carrigaline, Blarney and Midleton.
“With the forecast population growth and the development of the Cork Docklands about to commence, transport routes to Cork, whether it is bus, Luas, air or rail, is the way forward for continued ease of access to the city,” he added.