Frequently Asked Questions


The Project

Does this project only affect MacCurtain Street?

No. MacCurtain Street is a core thoroughfare for improved public transport services but the overall project covers a wide area across the city covers a wide area across the city centre . It extends from Cathedral Walk (Brewery Corner) along N20 over Christy Ring Bridge. It takes in Leitrim Street and across to Wellington Road . It extends from outside the Opera House along Lavitt’s Quay, Merchant’s Quay, past the bus station onto Anderson Quay, back up Brian Boru Street to include bottom of Summerhill ( junction at old Colosseum ).  It also takes in all of the surrounding streets and quays including but not limited to Coburg Street, MacCurtain Street, Bridge Street, St. Patrick’s and Camden Quays, Mulgrave Road, Lower Glanmire Road, Lower Oliver Plunkett Street and a section of Parnell Place (junction near the bus station).

Why are you making these changes to traffic?

Please refer to the Project Strategy and Benefits sections of this webpage. The scheme allows for more direct routing of traffic flows across the area. The removal of some of the traffic just passing through the Coburg Street and MacCurtain Street areas allows for the introduction of two way traffic to improve accessibility for those living, working and studying in the area. This also facilitates the introduction of buses in both directions and brings inbound buses closer to the schools in the vicinity.

The changes will not only improve the public realm, they will deliver greater comfort and choice for walkers, cyclists, public transport users and motorists.

Do these changes consider sustainable transport?

Yes. Sustainable transport choices are a vital consideration when carrying out any improvements in Cork City. This Scheme will upgrade the traffic signals and introduce change traffic flow for greater efficiency, prioritise bus lanes to deliver a faster, reliable service. Improvements to public realm and provision of better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists will futureproof mobility in the city at this exciting time of growth and expansion.

How long do you expect this project to last?

Approximately 18 months. The main works will begin in towards the end of November and the scheme is expected to run until Autumn 2023. The work will be carried out in sections and the time scale in each area will vary depending on the nature and extent of the changes to be made. Please refer to the Current Works section for the latest updates on the works .