Alternative traffic route on Coburg Street announced


25th January 2023

Cork City Council advises the public that in order to facilitate the ongoing construction works on the upgrading of the public realm in Coburg Street, Bridge Street and MacCurtain Street areas, new traffic arrangements will be introduced in the coming weeks.

Coburg Street will close to through-traffic from Tuesday 31st January.  Access to local businesses and homes on Coburg Street will remain, as will emergency access to the street.  


Traffic coming from Leitrim Street will be able to continue up Hardwick Street and onto Wellington Road or will exit on to Devonshire Street with the option to turn right towards Blackpool or left towards the city centre.

Some new set-down spaces will be provided on Leitrim Street to allow parents to drop and collect school children and to support short term parking so motorists can access nearby businesses.  All other traffic should follow the signed diversion routes, a video detailing the diversion routes is available here and on  

This phase of the scheme will deliver upgraded footpaths, new bus stops and shelters, improved public lighting, road resurfacing, lining and other public realm improvements in Coburg Street , Bridge Street and MacCurtain Street . As works progress over the coming weeks, localised lane restrictions will continue on Bridge Street and works will also progress onto the northern footpath of MacCurtain Street.

The MacCurtain Street Public Transport Scheme, funded by the National Transport Authority, is supporting increased economic activity and providing improved accessibility to the city centre by foot, bicycle and public transport.  Over the last 12 months, the Scheme has delivered:


  • New signalised junction on Devonshire Street, facilitating safer pedestrian access from MacCurtain Street area to Shandon area;
  • 1km of new cycle lanes providing connectivity to the wider cycle network from Shandon Street to the Marina via dedicated cycling facilities;
  • Over 1800 metres of resurfaced roadway;
  • Over 9600 square metres of public realm and footpath upgrades;
  • Upgrades to 11 traffic signalised junctions and pedestrian crossings;
  • 7 new bus stops operational, 3 of these with new shelters provided for passenger comfort;
  • New northbound lane on Brian Boru Bridge and Brian Boru Street;
  • New right turn lane from the N20 onto Mulgrave Road.