For this reason, the proposals include closure of an existing road exit and a slipway, as they would not comply with perceived motorway standards. The proposals also include creating a slip road that would empty traffic onto the Rochestown Road.
TEN-T requirements also include proper rail connectivity. But this will not be provided to Ringaskiddy. So why this nitpicking about perceived minor shortcomings in the road network when rail is ignored?
The closure of said road exit to Mount Oval and the slip road from the overbridge near Maryborough Hill would cause major inconvenience. And the new slip road onto the Rochestown Road would simply add to the present traffic hiatus on that road. The N28 needs to be upgraded to cope with traffic, but a €180m motorway is not needed; the exit and slipway could be retained, and the new slip road omitted.
At present, most container traffic does not cause N28 road problems as it is brought to Tivoli by ship. By simply continuing with this and not
proceeding with a container port at Ringaskiddy it seems that most of this expenditure, as well as additional container port expenditure, could be saved.
In the recent planning process, the Bord Pleanala Inspectorate recommended refusal on the grounds of the lack of a rail link to Ringaskiddy, but surprisingly the Bord itself granted permission, much to the dismay of Cork Harbour residents. This motorway would be provided solely to meet the wishes of the Port of Cork and global container companies that want to use larger shops to improve their profitability, while creating major road problems not just for the Harbour but also for most of the greater Cork area.
The proposers should re-examine the needs of the people they purportedly serve, ie give the N28 a smaller-scale upgrade commensurate with the people’s needs and forget the motorway; and the Ringaskiddy container port scheme should be binned, particularly since container traffic throughput in Cork Harbour is now less than it was in 2005. Waterford Port also has ample spare capacity.