South Ring flyovers see city's suburbs swamped

The opening of two flyovers on Cork’s N40 South Ring Road has swamped the city’s western suburbs with traffic, a report has found.

South Ring flyovers see city's suburbs swamped

The findings in the N40 Southern Ring Road Demand Management Study prompted renewed calls last night for the release of funding for a western access road to the CIT campus to alleviate chronic traffic pressure in Bishopstown.

Data presented to the most recent meeting of the Cork Area Strategic Policy committee shows that the annual average daily traffic number using the motorway’s Curraheen interchange is 26,949 vehicles.

The report found most of these journeys originate outside of the local community but continue into the Bishopstown suburb.

Cllr John Buttimer (FG), said since the flyover at the Bandon Rd roundabout opened, there has been a significant increase in traffic using Bishopstown and Uam Var Estate as a preferred route to CIT, CUH, and industrial estates on the Model Farm Rd.

Mr Buttimer said: “People in parts of Bishopstown are becoming prisoners in their own homes, having difficulties crossing roads and enduring noise and pollution associated with excessive traffic volumes.

“The only solution to the traffic chaos in Bishopstown is to deliver on the western access road from the Ballincollig bypass section of the N40 to CIT.”

The National Roads Authority said it plans to brief members of the city council’s Roads and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee next week on the status of several strategic road project in the Cork area.

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