Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Planning sought for new pedestrian and cycle path from Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Planning sought for new pedestrian and cycle path from Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill

Update: Closing date for submissions is Mon 24th Feb. If you would like to see this project go ahead then consider making a submission in favour of it.


Submissions and observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, may be made online at www.yourcouncil.ie, by email to trafficandtransport@corkcoco.ie , using the ‘submissions template’ linked below or in writing to Senior Engineer, Cork County Council, Traffic and Transportation, Floor 11, County Hall, Cork, on or before Monday 24th February 2020

On Friday the 10th of January 2020, Cork County Council announced their proposal to build a new pedestrian and cycle path from Bury's Bridge which is near the Gaelscoil near Dunkettle to the railway station in Carrigtwohill.




Back in September of 2019, I had a post up about the new proposed route to get around the new Dunkettle Interchange. This new project will now help link into that.

This is a significant project for walkers and runners as it safely connects Little Island to Cork City and Cork City to Glounthaune and Carrigtwohill. It will open up a lot more options for safe running routes.

Here is the outline from the Council...

Pedestrian and Cycle Route from Bury’s Bridge, Kilcoolishal to Carrigtwohill via Glounthaune

Location: Along the L3004 (the former N25) road passing through the townlands of Dunkettle, Kilcoolishal, Ballyhennick, Glounthaune, Johnstown, Killahora, Killacloyne, Tullagreen, Carrigtwohill and Terrysland, Co. Cork.

Nature and extent of proposed development:
The Scheme involves the construction of a dedicated pedestrian and cycle route on the northern side of the L3004 (the former N25) road and includes the following:

A general cross section of 3m wide shared pedestrian and cycle path with a 1m landscaped separation between the path and the public road where possible
Formalised parking and controlled (i.e. traffic signals) pedestrian crossings
New footpaths, ducting and LED public lighting


Here are two screenshots of what the proposed path looks like...

Near Little Island

Near the Elm Tree
The path runs alongside the old main Cork to Midleton road with some exceptions.

a) At the skew bridge between the Elm Tree and the old Youghal Carpets plant, an additional spur off the new path is proposed. This stays north of the railway line and joins the narrow road that goes to the back road around Carrigtwohill. This is intriguing termed a 'pathway to tie into future development'.


b) In Carrigtwohill, the new pathway turns left at Aldi and takes in a new residential area and comes out by the railway station and new schools...


It's not hard to imagine in some future development that this extend further into another pathway going from Carrigtwohill to Midleton and then onto the new Greenway to Youghal.

Cork County Council have produced a nice video outlining the project...



Hopefully the project gets the Green light asap and goes ahead.

A list of drawings and reports can be found on the Cork County Council website HERE

The project is also likely to have an impact on the 15 mile Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh race. It's likely that the GardaĆ­ will want runners off the road if possible and up onto the 3 metre wide path. This may not be a bad thing as it should improve safety and it means that the race will have less of an impact.

That's still a while off though.

Submissions... As with any project, it's the whingers who will most likely make a submission. If you would like to see this project go ahead then consider sending an email outlining your reasons for supporting it.


Submissions and observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, may be made online at www.yourcouncil.ie, by email to trafficandtransport@corkcoco.ie , using the ‘submissions template’ linked below or in writing to Senior Engineer, Cork County Council, Traffic and Transportation, Floor 11, County Hall, Cork, on or before Monday 24th February 2020. 

https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/traffic-transport/statutory-processes

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whingers... Surely people should be invited to contribute. Why was that side of the road chosen and not the other. There is only 3 road entry exit points on the other side. The side of the road chosen for this path contains numerous entries to homes, businesses and roads. Where is the safety there.

Anonymous said...

I know the route quite well. It's clear that is far easier (and likely cheaper) to implement this corridor on the Northern route (as planned) as there is more flat and unobstructed land readily available to use.
Add to this, that there is a major junction towards Little island which would be impacted by the path being on the southern side (e.g. it's a very very short run up to the traffic lights when heading to Little island / N25 North or South).
The train station at Glounthaune would cause an issue when on the southern corridor too, as well as land availability further. Yes there are areas on the south that suit better but I can't think of any more than a few short stretches.
A route along the southern side of the railway track would be nice but thats out of scope.

To the previous anonymous poster...it would be good if you could focus on the positives. Whats the issue with passing businesses? This is done in Ireland and the world over.

Overall, this is a wonderful project for the whole area and those looking to explore eastern Cork (safely...e.g. with their kids). Also to remove traffic and congestion from the roads where possible.