Rat-runs replace real urban planning

WHEN I set up home many years ago in what’s now the Cork suburb of Blackrock, it seemed we were living in the countryside.

Strolling along the banks of the Lee to the Atlantic Pond or up towards Blackrock Castle, one rarely saw a car in that bygone age. Walking down by the Marina nowadays, the road resembles a busy motorway as drivers use it to bypass the traffic madness on Skehard Road.

I see drivers coming by the Lee, go along Castle Road, skirt by Ringmahon and come up by the Mahon Point side entrance to avoid the traffic jams that occur daily at all the junctions leading to Mahon Point and the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

Cars are backed up to the Silver Quay roundabout from the Skehard Road and to Blackrock GAA club from Church Road.

With the new development at the former Ursuline Convent almost complete, further chaos awaits. Where was the forward thinking by our city planners when all of this was given the green light. Let them approach the city through the tunnel any Sunday and then take 45 minutes to go the last two miles thanks to the road layout at Mahon Point junction.

Perhaps some older readers remember when children played on Skehard Road. But then children are an endangered species in moden Ireland.

Billy Berry

5 Rockgrove Estate

Post Office Ave

Blackrock

Cork

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