New bridges and cycleways to form part of traffic plan

New bridges and cycleways will form part of a plan to free up traffic in a congested area on the southside of Cork City.

Details have emerged of the Douglas Land Use and Transportation Strategy (DLUTS) which the public will be able to view today and tomorrow at the Rochestown Park Hotel.

The plan is to give greater priority to walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

The proposals include building a new bridge over the Ballybrack stream which will link the Grange and Carrigaline Road.

“This will allow traffic from Donnybrook and Grange to get into the city without traversing Douglas,” Peter O’Donoghue, the county council’s senior engineer for traffic and transportation said.

In addition the proposals include the creation of a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the South Ring Road which will link Grange with the Tramore Valley Park (old Kinsale Road landfill) and onto the city centre.

When the initiatives are in place, Mr O’Donoghue said that there will be less traffic in Douglas Village and the council then intends to introduce a new speed limit there of 30km/hr.

The county council has been working on the plan for the last nine months, in consultation with the Cork City Council, the National Roads Authority and the National Transport Authority. What makes it unique is that the land use survey is being done in conjunction with the transportation strategy.

Mr O’Donoghue said the aim of the land use study was to identify areas which would be suitable for more business development so that more jobs could be offered locally.

He said that which would ease traffic as well because that would also encourage people to walk to work.

County Manager Martin Riordan said that this is the first time such a comprehensive strategy has been prepared for Douglas and while it is a long-term strategy, the intention is to start the implementation of the sustainable transport interventions immediately with the assistance of Government funding.

“This will build a foundation to enable sustainable future growth to take place,” he said.

The public exhibition will contain policies for the future use of land for retailing and commercial development in addition to that of housing, community facilities, recreation and amenities.

Central to the DLUTS strategy are sustainable transport and land use policies to improve the movement and environment for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users and for general traffic in Douglas.

The exhibition will be open at the hotel today and tomorrow from 4pm-9pm.

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