Concern at loss of parking spaces for cycle lane plan

DOZENS of parking spaces will be removed to make way for the first phase of a new €7 million network of cycle lanes linking Cork city to the suburbs.

City councillors signed off on the €400,000 Douglas cycle lane project at a special meeting on Monday night because the funding had to be used before the end of the year.

Work has already started on sections of the 6.4km circulatory route, which will run from the South Mall, along Union Quay, Anglesea Street, Infirmary Road, Southern Road, Douglas Road, South Douglas Road, Kinsale Road, Curragh Road, Summerhill South, Langford Row, South Terrace, Union Quay and Sullivan’s Quay.

But councillors raised concerns about the loss of on-street parking at several locations.

A new bus shelter and bike parking area will be built in front of the old Fás and tax office building which will require the removal of 13 parking spaces.

To facilitate the introduction of a new contra-flow cycle lane on Anglesea Street, two parallel car parking spaces outside the district court will be removed.

A further eight parallel spaces will be removed on the southern stretch next to the former Anglo Irish Bank building, and perpendicular parking will be changed to parallel with the loss of six spaces.

Disc parking will be removed from the Douglas Rd at St Finbarr’s Hospital, to allow for the introduction of an outbound cycle lane towards Douglas, and three spaces near the Woodview junction will be removed.

On the South Douglas Road, five spaces will be removed opposite Douglas Community School.

A loading bay outside the Horsehoe Inn and five spaces outside Turner’s Cross stadium will also go, as well as 16 spaces opposite Turner’s Cross Motors. At Vita Cortex, 31-metres of parallel parking will also be removed.

On Sullivan’s Quay, a new pedestrian crossing will be installed at the Nano Nagle footbridge.

While this cycle lane will cost €400,000, the council hopes to spend €7m over the next five years linking the city centre, University College Cork, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork Institute of Technology, Douglas, Mahon, Blackpool, Ballyvolane and Ballincollig.

Councillors said they felt they did not have enough time to discuss the project.

Head of the council’s roads committee, Cllr Denis O’Flynn, has arranged a special meeting next Monday to discuss the issue.

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