Projects in Planning/Design Phase

Ballybrack Valley Pedestrian & Cycle Route Phase 4

Works Extent

Phase 4 involves the construction of circa 2.1km of 4m wide pedestrian and cycle path connecting the recently completed Ballybrack Valley Pedestrian & Cycle Track Phases 2 & 3 with Maryborough Hill and proposed new residential developments along the route.

Background

The scheme was initiated by Cork County Council who advanced the preliminary design and obtained Part 8 planning approval in 2019.  Cork City Council assumed responsibility for the scheme following the Cork City boundary extension mid 2019.

Objectives

This project aims to:

  • Enhance connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • Provide a safe and direct off road route for commuters, school and leisure users;
  • Create an environment which will encourage modal shift to sustainable forms of transport;
  • Improve quality of life for residents in the area;
  • Expand overall cycle network;
  • Reduce traffic volumes on the road network.

Timeline

Engineering Consultant appointed Oct 2020 to progress the detailed design and delivery of Ballybrack Valley Pedestrian & Cycle Route Phase 4.

It is anticipated that the detailed design and preparation of tender documentation will be progressed over the next 12 months, with a view to appointing a contractor and commencing construction in Q1 2022 subject to funding and Covid 19 restrictions.

Ballybrack Valley Ped and Cycle Track Phase 4

Ballybrack Ped and Cycle Track Phase 2 and 3

Ballyvolane Phase 2

Works Extent

Improving and upgrading of existing Ballyhooly Road from North Ring Road junction to Dublin Hill Link Road and the North Ring Road from Riverview Estate to Ballyhooly Road junction.  Improvement and upgrade works to some adjoining minor roads.

Objectives

  • Enhanced facilities for all road users but with particular benefits for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users while providing, in as much as possible, for the efficient movement of vehicular traffic within the study area;
  • Identify main areas of delay for bus journeys and expanding the existing bus lane infrastructure and the addition of bus priority control measures to improve current bus journey times and reliability;
  • Providing cycle facilities in accordance with the network identified in CMATS, designed in accordance with the National Cycle Manual, delivering a Quality of Service of Level A or better for a primary cycle route and a Quality of Service of Level B or better for a secondary cycle route;
  • Providing improved pedestrian facilities along the corridor and providing additional permeability where appropriate to address pedestrian and vulnerable road user desire lines across the project area.

Timeline

Start: Design Phase commenced late 2019.

Finish: Design Finish and Planning Decision Q3 2021; Construction phase to follow.

Ballyvolane Phase 2

Bannow Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Bannow Bridge, located approximately 8 kilometres west of Cork City, is an existing three span masonry arch humpback road bridge with a 90-degree skew to its approach and exit.

Works Extent

  • Clean existing stonework and rebuild/repair damaged sections of masonry parapets.
  • Repair/replace existing concrete bed lining and scour skirts to the bridge abutments and piers.
  • Repair abutments, wing walls and cut-waters.
  • Repoint masonry joints to spandrel walls and the arch barrel of each span.
  • Install new public lighting scheme on approaches.
  • Upgrade existing approach signage and road markings.
  • Resurface bridge carriageway and approaches.

Objectives

The bridge structure has suffered significant deterioration from scour to bed lining, abutments and piers with spalling of masonry joints on arch barrels.

The objectives of the works are:

  • Restore the overall structural integrity of the bridge;
  • Improve road user safety through improved visibility (public lighting and approach signage) and resurfacing of bridge carriageway and approaches with upgraded road markings.

Timeline

Start: Construction due to commence Q2/Q3 2021.

Finish: Project completion expected in Q4 2021.

Bannow Bridge

Beamish & Crawford Quarter Infrastructure Project

This Scheme which is currently at the preliminary design stage aims to improve the public realm and access in and around the Medieval Core of the City.  The project will greatly enhance this historic core of the city providing improved access to Bishop Lucey Park, Elizabeth Fort, St. Fin Barre's Cathedral and the proposed new Event Centre on the site of the former brewery.

Beamish and Crawford Quarter Infrastructure Project

This project entails

  • The provision of public realm improvements to the streets and existing bridges including South Main Street, Tobin Street, Tuckey Street, South Gate Bridge, Proby's Quay, Frenches Quay, Crosses Green, Clarkes Bridge and Wandersford Quay;
  • Two new pedestrian bridges linking Crosses Green to Lamley's Lane and Frenches Quay to the site for the new Event Centre;
  • Remedial repairs and vegetation removal from the quay walls along Frenches Quay, Proby's Quay and Crosses Green.

Timeline

Part 8 planning for the public realm is expected to be submitted at the end of Q1 2021 and construction work to commence in early 2022.

Blarney Village Cycle Route

Works Extent

This project commences in the centre of the village and extends eastwards along the R617 Blarney Road in the direction of the N20.  The scheme will connect with the new riverside park adjacent to the Martin River, Blarney Business Park as well as adjacent residential areas, local schools and shops.  The scheme will involve widening the paths along the Clogheenmilcon Sanctuary Walk.  Additional pathways will be incorporated into the new riverside park improving connectivity to the scheme.

Blarney Village Cycle Route Project

Objectives

The key aims are to:

  • Provide a sustainable alternative route for commuters, school and leisure users;
  • Create an environment that will encourage sustainable forms of transport;
  • Improve quality of life for residents and businesses in the area;
  • Enhance connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • Expand overall cycle network;
  • Reduce traffic volumes on the road network.

Timeline

It is anticipated that planning and detail design for the scheme will be progressed over the next 12 months, with a view to appointing a contractor and commencing construction in 2022/23 subject to funding.

Clarkes Hill Road Improvement Scheme

Cork City Council intends to upgrade the existing L2471 Clarkes Hill Road and associated junction with the R610 Rochestown Road.

Clarkes Hill Road Improvement Scheme

The scheme is an extensive Urban Road Improvement Project that will include the introduction of new footpaths, bus set-down facilities, road widening and surfacing and all associated works.  In order to deliver this scheme, land acquisition will be necessary.  The completion of the proposed local road improvement scheme will improve the road infrastructure for road users with a specific emphasis on facilities for pedestrians and local bus services.  The scheme measures approximately 1km in length.

Timeline

Part 8 Planning for the project was approved by Cork County Council in 2018.  This area subsequently transferred into Cork City Council's administrative responsibility.  Cork City Council intends to progress the Detail Design and land acquisition of this infrastructure project in 2021.

Cork Science & Investment Park Access Road Phase 1

Cork Science and Investment Park

The goal of this scheme is to support the development of a Science and Innovation Park paired with a future proofed design that will integrate with the surrounding metropolitan area and promote the use of sustainable transportation to and from the area.

Works Extent

A new road of length approximately 2,100 metres linking the existing N40 Curragheen Interchange with an existing roundabout located within the Cork Institute of Technology campus.  The road will include pedestrian/cycle facilities, a segregation area and access spurs to facilitate future third-party developments.  Two bridges are required along the length of the road to cross the Curragheen River.  In addition, improved works to the existing N40 Curragheen Interchange will be required, which will comprise modifications to the northern roundabout and provision of a free flow slip lane from the N40 eastbound off slip to the access road.  Other consequential construction works will also be required to complete the development.  All works will be located within the townlands of Carrigrohane and Ballinaspig Mor.

Time for completion

Subject to funding approval, the first phase of the scheme, improvement works to the existing N40 Curragheen Interchange and a 300 metre road should be completed in Q1 2023.

Curragh Road Scheme

Works Extent

Junction Improvement works at the Curragh Road, Kinsale Road, Pearse Road, Green Lawn Junction; and at the Tory Top Road, Pearse Road junction.

Objectives

The existing junction is a complicated layout that is not optimal for safe and efficient use by sustainable and vulnerable transport users.

The objective of the scheme are:

  • Improved facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users, while providing for the efficient movement of vehicular traffic;
  • Enhanced accessibility for pedestrians to local shops and other services, as well as public transport;
  • Reduction in road widths to be traversed by pedestrians and provision of safer pedestrian crossing;
  • Upgraded cycling facilities in the area.

Timeline

Start: Preliminary Design Phase commenced late 2020.

Finish: Part 8 Planning Process Q1 2021; Detailed Design to follow. Construction to commence late 2021.

Curragh Road Scheme

Donnybrook Hill Pedestrian Improvement Scheme

Works Extent

Cork City Council in conjunction with the National Transport Authority intend to upgrade approximately 1.4km of Donnybrook Hill, Douglas, Cork.  The purpose of this upgrade is to provide enhanced pedestrian, cyclist and public transport facilities and traffic calming.  A Preliminary Design of this section of road has been carried out to provide necessary pedestrian, cycle and public transport facilities, remove "pinch points" along the corridor and provide traffic calming in accordance with national and international best practice.

Part 8 Planning has been approved for this scheme.  Cork City Council proposed to complete the remaining elements of this scheme in line with the Park 8 documents.

Objectives

  • Provide continuous, safe and desirable pedestrian facilities along the length of Donnybrook Hill from Grange Cross to the north as far as Castletreasure Grove to the south;
  • Provide traffic calming facilities as necessary along this section of road due to excessive vehicular speeds.

Timeline

Detailed Design and Statutory Processes completed 2021; Commence Construction Q4 2022.

Donnybrook Hill

Douglas East West Link

Works Extent

The scheme involves the design and construction of a new link road over the Ballybrack Valley.  The proposed link road will connect the R609 Carrigaline Road and the R851 Donnybrook Hill Road.  The scheme will involve approximately 82m span bridge constructed at height over the Ballybrack Valley, upgrading of the Donnybrook Hill and Grange Road junction from a T junction to a 4-way junction and the creation of a new T junction on the Carrigaline Road with the new bridge.

Objectives

  • Provide an alternative and more direct route for pedestrians and cyclists who travel from east to west (and vice versa) through Douglas, and provides a convenient route for students travelling from the Maryborough Woods area to schools on Grange Road and Donnybrook Hill;
  • Improve the connectivity between the Maryborough Hill area and Frankfield/Grange and will provide improved access between the new residential estates on Maryborough Hill with the primary schools in Douglas.

Timeline

Appoint consultants to undertake Preliminary Design in 2021 with Planning and Detail Design to follow in 2022.

Douglas East West Link

Glanmire Roads Improvement Scheme

Works Extent

The Glanmire Roads Improvement Scheme involves a suite of projects to improve the accessibility, sustainability, capacity and safety of the transport network in the Glanmire, Riverstown and Sallybrook area.

Glanmire Roads Improvement Scheme

Projects identified in Phase 1 are:

Project No.1 - Church Hill Junction;

Project No. 3 - Glanmire Bridge/Village;

Project No. 4 - Riverstown Junction;

Project No. 5 - Signalised Junction Glanmire Road/Hazelwood Road;

Project No. 6 - Signalised Junction Riverstown Road/East Cliff Road;

Project No. 8 - New Link Road (L3010 to Hazelwood Road);

Project No. 9(a) - Dunkettle Road North (Glanmire Bridge to Woodville);

Project No. 14 - Footway Improvements Fernwood to Riverstown, and

Project No. 15 - Glanmire & Riverstown Greenway

Phase 2 covers the remaining projects.

Note, Project No. 12-R615/R639 Junction did not get Part 8 Planning Approval and Project No. 2 - Banning Right Turn at Dunkettle Slip Road will be undertaken as part of the TII Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade.

Delivery of Phase 1 will be divided into a few construction contracts.  The following projects have been identified to be delivered in the first contract, with other contracts to follow: -

Project No. 1 - Provision of a right turn lane at Church Hill Junction, upgrading traffic signals, a shared pedestrian and cycle facility, a toucan crossing, upgrading public lighting and replacement of boundary walls;

Glanmire Roads Improvement Scheme - Project no 1

Project No. 3 - Improvement to Glanmire Bridge/Village by providing a shared pedestrian and cycle facility, introduction of traffic calming, designated parking, upgrading public lighting and replacement of boundary walls;

Glanmire Roads Improvement Scheme - Project no 3

Project No. 9(a) - Improvement to L2998 Dunkettle Road North from Glanmire Bridge to Woodville by providing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, upgrading public lighting, landscaping and replacement of boundary walls;

Glanmire Roads Improvement Scheme - Project no 9A

Background

This scheme was initiated by Cork County Council who progressed the preliminary design and obtained Part 8 Planning Approval in 2019.  As part of the recent Cork City boundary extension, Cork City Council assumed responsibility for the Glanmire Roads Improvement Scheme.  Detailed Design for Phase 1 works is ongoing and a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was published late 2019 to secure lands for implementation of these works. Cork City Council is currently awaiting An Bord Pleanála to deliver its position following the recent Oral Hearing.  A Section 50 application for the cycle way bridges is currently pending OPW approval.

Objectives

The key aims are to:

  • Improve the local road network as it is congested, substandard in places and has poor connectivity;
  • Provide a sustainable alternative route for commuters, school and leisure users;
  • Encourage a greater use of cycling for trips to work, school, recreation and leisure;
  • Improve quality of life for residents and businesses in the area;
  • Enhance connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • Expand overall cycle network;
  • Reduce traffic volumes on the road network.

Timeline

  • Following the completion of the CPO process, the Detailed Design and preparation of tender documentation will be finalised over the coming months.  A contractor will be appointed for the first contract to deliver Projects Nos. 1, 3 & 9(a) in 2021.  Separate contracts will follow for the other projects under Phase 1;
  • Detail Design for Phase 2 is likely to commence in 2021 and will also require a Compulsory Purchase Order to secure the land for its delivery.

Glashaboy River (Glanmire/Sallybrook) Drainage Scheme

The Office of Public Works (OPW) in partnership with both Cork City and Cork County Councils have recognised the high levels of existing flood risk in the River Lee Catchment and have carried out a Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Study for the Lee Catchment which includes the Glashaboy River. The Draft Catchment Flood Risk Management Plan was published in February 2010, and this identified a preferred option for the alleviation of flood risk in the Glashaboy catchment.

Glashaboy River Drainage Scheme

Significant flooding occurred on June 2012 in the Glanmire/Sallybrook area. As a result, Cork County Council, acting as Agents for the OPW commissioned Arup in association with JBA Consulting to develop a Flood Relief Scheme for Glanmire/Sallybrook. This website has been set up to provide information to members of the public and to keep you informed of the project's progress.

In October 2018, the Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme was submitted by the Office of Public Works to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for formal Confirmation, under the provisions of the Arterial Drainage Acts, accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS).

On 18th January 2021 the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Michael McGrath T.D., in pursuance of the powers given to him by Section 7 of the Arterial Drainage Act, 1945, and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, announced his consent to proceed with the Glashaboy River Flood Relief Scheme. The confirmation is subject to conditions as set out and agreed to by the Commissioners for Public Works in Ireland who are the sponsoring agency for the scheme which will be implemented by them and Cork City Council.

Glashaboy is the first scheme consented to by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform since the new rigorous review process of Arterial Drainage Regulations 2019 came into force in late 2019. The additional responsibilities of these regulations aim to provide a high level of protection of the environment and human health.

The scheme is estimated to cost in the region of €14m. The flood relief scheme will be funded from within the allocated €1 billion for flood risk management over the period 2018-2027. Provision for the cost of the scheme is included in the Office of Public Works' multi annual capital allocation.

Approximately 103 properties (78 residential and 25 commercial) will be protected by the scheme, which will provide standard protection against a flood event, with a 1% probability of occurring in any given year (more commonly known as the one in one hundred year flood).

It is currently anticipated that the proposed scheme will go to tender in Q3 2021 with a view to have construction starting early in 2022. The construction period is expected to be approximately 2 years.

Under the Arterial Drainage Acts, 1945 and amending legislation and regulations, the flood relief scheme requires formal confirmation to proceed from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. This is a statutory requirement under the Arterial Drainage Acts. The recent European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Arterial Drainage) Regulations 2019, also requires the Minister to carry out separate and independent Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed Scheme with a public consultation on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and other related material, separate and in addition to public exhibition of the scheme by the relevant local authority

Scheme Overview

The key elements of the proposed works involve:

  • Replacement of a number of existing culverts with either new culverts or bridges and culvert extensions;
  • Replacement of Hazelwood Shopping Centre bridge;
  • New flood relief channel and culvert at Hazelwood Avenue;
  • Replacement of existing flood defence walls and construction of new flood defence walls;
  • Construction of a new earthen flood defence embankment at Sallybrook;
  • New surface water pumping stations and one foul pumping station;
  • Localised in-channel conveyance improvements at culvert/bridge structures;
  • Local channel widening, deepening, realignment and regrading of river channel;
  • Provision of civil works such as road/footpath re-grading at a number of locations;
  • Protecting drainage outlets along the line of flood defence works with non-return flap valves;
  • Retaining walls;
  • Flow control structure on a millrace;
  • Removal of vegetation and trees;
  • Removal and reinstatement of boundary walls and fences;
  • Landscaping and replanting of trees on completion; and
  • Ongoing maintenance of the modified river channel.

 The scheme extends over approximately 4 km of the Glashaboy River three associated millraces, and lengths of various tributaries including: appropriately 0.5 km of the Butlerstown Stream; approximately 1.8. km of Glenmore Stream (a tributary of Butlerstown Stream); and short lower reaches of various other tributaries.

 Further information relating to the Scheme is available at:  https://www.floodinfo.ie/frs/en/glashaboy/home/

Glen & North Ring Road Environs Sustainable Transport Improvement Scheme

Works Extent

Upgrade of existing and provision of new sustainable transport infrastructure in the Glen, Mayfield and North Ring Road area. 

Objectives

The existing walking and cycling infrastructure in the area is of variable quality and the linking of individual elements is sporadic.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • Upgrade the existing cycle and pedestrian paths in the area;
  • Provision of new cycle and pedestrian paths in the area;
  • Provision of continuous cycle and pedestrian route from the Glen River Park to Tinkers Cross;
  • Linking of cycle and pedestrian infrastructure into adjacent communities to encourage use of sustainable transport by commuters, residents and students in the area.

Timeline

Start: Preliminary Design Phase to commence Q2 2021.

Finish: Planning decision and Detailed Design end 2021; Construction to follow 2022.

Grange Road Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Grange Road Bridge located approximately 4 kilometres south of Cork City on the R851, spans over the Grange Stream.  A composite structure, where the south side comprises of a masonry arch and the north side is constructed of precast concrete slabs and concrete abutments.

Works Extent

  • Repair scour damage to the south western approach wall;
  • Repoint abutments and undertake repair works to the masonry arch;
  • Place rock armour downstream of the north face of the structure to alleviate scouring;
  • Rebuild/repair damaged sections of masonry parapets.

Objectives

Restore the overall structural integrity of the bridge.

Timeline

Start: Construction due to commence Q3 2021.

Finish: Project completion expected in Q4 2021.

Grange Road Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Grange Road to Tramore Valley Park Pedestrian & Cycle Link

Works Extent

Construction of a new Cycle and Pedestrian route connecting the Grange Road to the Tramore Valley Park.

The proposed route follows an existing trail from Amberley Heights to the west of Alden Grove. 

The scheme consists of the construction of a 4m wide track circa 995m long with a 60m bridge crossing the N40 South Ring Road with ancillary works.  It also includes two culverts to cross the existing stream, various earth retaining structures, public lighting and CCTV with associated ductwork.

Background

The 2003 County Development Plan, and 2005 and 2011 Carrigaline Local Area Plans, included this scheme as a specific objective.  The current 2011 Carrigaline Area Plan also includes this link as a specific objective.

Objectives

  • make the Grange Road area less car dependent;
  • make fuller public use of the attractive wooded valley east of Vernon Mount area;
  • connect the Grange Road area to the Tramore Valley Park;
  • the desirability of creating a more favourable context for restoration and reuse of Vernon Mount House.

grange-road-to-tramore-valley-park-pedestrian-cycle-link1

Timeline

Start: Construction Phase commencement 2021.

Finish: Due for Completion 2022.

Knapp's Square

Works Extent

Provision of new cycle route along Knapps Square, Lower John Street and Upper John Street linking Popes Quay with Cathedral Walk as an alternative to the N20 Blackpool Bypass with enhanced public realm. 

Objectives

The aim of this project is to provide a cycle and pedestrian link from the northern city quays to Blackpool and onwards to the northern suburbs of Cork City.  It will consist of the creation of a traffic calmed shared space type environment to Knapps Square and Lower John Street.

Site Extent

Knapps Square

Timeline

It is anticipated that planning and detail design for the scheme will be progressed over the coming months, with a view to appointing a contractor and commencing construction by the end of 2021 subject to funding.

Lee to Sea

Objectives

The Lee to Sea Greenway is a proposal for a continuous, world class greenway along the River Lee Valley, from Inniscarra Dam, through Cork City and around Cork Harbour to the coast, finishing at Crosshaven.  Significant sections of the route already exist.  Walkers, runners, leisure and commuting cyclists will all be able to enjoy and benefit from the picturesque, accessible and safe greenway.  Ultimately this will be a great regional asset, a tourism draw, better for business, our health and our environment.  This route could be a major contribution to Cork's 2040 Strategy and Ireland's Our Plan 2040 to significantly grow Cork City and metropolitan area, as a highly competitive European city.  By promoting sustainable and active travel and alleviating vehicular congestion, this Greenway route would contribute to a more vibrant, competitive and healthy European city.

Lee to Sea

Timeline

Feasibility and route selection to commence Q2 2021.

Lehenaghmore Road Improvement Scheme

The lands adjoining the Lehenaghmore Road (L2455) and Togher Road (L2454) have been significantly developed over recent years.  Residential estates such as Matthew Hill, Coolkellure, Manor Park, Aising Court, etc. have all resulted in a higher demand for improved transport infrastructure between Lehenaghmore and broader City with particular demands for improved public transportation services and safe active travel infrastructure.

Lehenaghmore Road Improvement Scheme

A comprehensive review and redesign of the affected roads was undertaken following the transfer of this area into Cork City Council's administrative responsibility.  Cork City Council with the assistance of the National Transport Authority incorporated a number of CMATS recommendations into the proposed new road layout.  These proposals prioritise investment in sustainable transportation to enable the city to achieve growth of the type and scale anticipated.

Timeline

The Part 8 Public Consultation period concluded in December 2020.  It is anticipated Construction will commence in 2022 (subject to land acquisition, funding and planning approvals)

Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme

In 2013 the OPW commenced formulation of the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme (LLFRS) to address flooding issues downstream of Inniscarra Dam.  Cork City Council has been involved in the progression of the scheme design, with the aim of maximising the benefit of the city, with significant emphasis on an improved riverside public realm.  The scheme will run from Inniscarra Dam to the City Centre, protecting over 2,100 properties, including 900 homes and 1,200 businesses, against tidal and river flooding.

The scheme will enhance connectivity to the river by providing almost 1km of new river walkways and invest €20m in the repair of historic quay walls.  Over 390 Protected Structures will be protected by the scheme and improved public realm spaces will be developed across the city.

This integrated and holistic scheme will address flood risk and remove barriers to future private investment and help to reinvigorate the city centre. The OPW has engaged extensively with stakeholders, including the public, on this project. 

In line with international best practice, the standard of protection provided by the scheme is the 1 in 100-year flood from the River Lee and the 1 in 200-year flood from the tide. The scheme is also adaptable to provide greater protection in the future in response to climate change.

This is the largest flood relief investment project ever proposed in Ireland, representing over €140m investment for Cork City. 

The OPW scheme encompasses:

  • Flood defences along the River Lee downstream of Inniscarra and through Cork City;
  • Changes to the operating procedures for the Carrigadrohid and Inniscarra Reservoirs for the purposes of flood risk management, as may be facilitated by the above flood defences;
  • A flood forecasting system to help guide decision-making on dam discharges and, if necessary, the erection of temporary/demountable defences downstream and in Cork City.

Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme

The scheme is currently at Detailed Design stage. It is anticipated that the OPW will be submitting the scheme to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DEPR) for confirmation during the fourth quarter of 2021.

Further details of the scheme can be found on the OPW website using the following link: https://www.floodinfo.ie/frs/en/lower-lee/home/  

MacCurtain Street Public Transport Improvement Scheme

Works Extent

Cork City Council plan to introduce the transport measures outlined in Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) and detailed in the City Centre Movement Strategy (CCMS) in a phased manner.  City Centre Public Transport Improvement Scheme (Phases 1 & 2) has recently been completed and covers the works outlined for St. Patrick's Street area and Grenville Place area.  this project includes works associated with CCMS Phases 3, 4, & 5.  These phases encompass MacCurtain Street, Coburg Street, St. Patrick's Quay, Anderson Quay, Merchant's Quay and surrounding areas.

As part of the proposed scheme, MacCurtain Street will be converted back to two-way movement to improve local access to the street, while eastbound through traffic will be diverted along the quays.  These changes will improve accessibility for pedestrians (slower vehicular speeds), cyclists and public transport users and will provide a better environment to attract people to live, work and socialise in the city.

The MacCurtain Street Scheme aims to implement the core values of CMATS while recognising the additional requirements of businesses for social distancing.  It enhances the public realm at key locations within the city centre and will have a transformational effect on MacCurtain Street itself facilitating a pedestrian friendly atmosphere along expanded, newly planted pavements.

Objectives

  • The overall objective of this project is to deliver a comprehensive transport strategy for the North Quays and contiguous areas, that consistent with the CMATS, provide a framework for transport provision to support the development of this area in the medium and long term;
  • The re-allocation of roadspace on the city centre streets to ensure a more appropriate balance between the different transport modes serving the city and provide travellers to the city with a greater choice of travel mode;
  • The management of through traffic within the central city streets, this will act to improve the environment for all users including public transport users, pedestrians and cyclists.

Timeline

Comment Construction Q3 2021; Construction complete Q4 2022.

MacCurtain Street Public Transport Improvement Scheme

Marina Park Phase 2

With Marina Park Phase 1 close to completion, development of Phase 2 has now commenced.  In accordance with the ratified Marina Park Masterplan, Phase 2 will extend from the Atlantic Pond to Church Avenue and will include the "Nature" zone of the park, accommodating picnic areas, boating facilities, adventure play areas, preserved marshland zone and several architectural heritage sites.

Marina Park Phase 2

The project aims to:

  • Provide an "eco-park" and an area of high-quality public realm and landscape, while protecting and enhancing the natural heritage and biodiversity of the area;
  • Integrate the design with other proposed and constructed developments adjacent to Marina Park Phase 2, such as the Blackrock Greenway, the Marina Promenade Scheme and the Monahan Road Extension;
  • Provide linkage with residential areas immediately south of the park and connectivity with local public transport

Marina Park Phase 2 - aerial photograph

Timeline

The procurement of a Landscape Architect - Led Multi-Disciplinary Design Team is currently ongoing.  It is anticipated that a design team will be appointed in Q2 2021, with Preliminary Design commencing following contract award.  The delivery of Marina Park as the main public open space in the South Docklands is seen as a key economic driver and catalyst towards the regeneration of the area.

Monahan Road Extension

The Monahan Road Extension is a new road currently at preliminary design for the South Docklands.  This road is being designed with the greater Dockland's development in mind.  The road will be designed to meet the requirements of the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Plan.  A four-lane carriageway with a traffic lane and dedicated bus lane in each direction, segregated cycle ways and pathways are to be provided.

Monahan Road Extension

This project entails

  • Providing key transport infrastructure that will act as the catalyst for the early development of the adjoining lands within the Docklands area;
  • Providing the first element in the Eastern Gateway Bridge Project which will link the local South Docklands district to the strategic road network;
  • Delivering facilities for all road users but with benefits for bus users, cyclists and pedestrians;
  • Integrated the design with the adjoining Marina Park and the Strategic Housing Development at the former Ford Development site along the route of the Monahan Road Extension.

Timeline

Part 8 planning is expected to be submitted at the end of Q1 2021 and construction work to commence in early 2022.

Morrison's Island Public Realm & Flood Defence Project

An Bórd Pleanála granted approval for the Morrisons Island Public Realm and Flood Defence Project in June 2020. However, in August 2020 Save Cork City (SCC) Community Association Ltd. applied for a judicial review of An Bórd Pleanála’s decision to approve the project. The judicial review hearing is scheduled to commence on 13th July 2021, and it is hoped that a decision would be forthcoming soon thereafter.

Morrisons Island Public Realm & Flood Defence Project

The project proposes significant upgrades along Morrison’s Quay and Fr Matthew Quay between Parliament Bridge and Parnell Bridge, including upgraded streetscape incorporating a wide riverside promenade, a much-improved setting for Holy Trinity Church, a plaza at the eastern end of the South Mall and a redesigned Trinity Bridge.

The proposed works consist of the following:

  • The traffic flow within Morrison’s Island will be changed to one-way clockwise only.
  • Pedestrianisation of the eastern end of Morrison’s Quay and provision of an enhanced plaza area in this area.
  • High quality paved pedestrian riverside walkway with a minimum width of 3m.
  • To facilitate the proposed riverside walkway, the existing right-angle parking along the quays will be removed and replaced with parallel parking.
  • Ground levels along both quays will be carefully re-graded to ensure that the solid element of the parapets will be no higher than knee height (600mm) above the new walkway level, thus maximising the sense of visual connectivity with the river.
  • It is proposed to undertake significant remedial works to the existing quay walls to ensure the future integrity of these assets. Cleaning, repointing and grouting along with construction of a reinforced concrete backing wall is proposed.

Key features of the proposed project include the following:

  • Architecturally designed entrances on the north and south side of Trinity Bridge. The north side of the bridge will include a flared entrance with ramp access down to the bridge deck. Large benched steps will form seating at the entrance. Similarly, the south side will include flared entrances onto Union Quay. The east side of the bridge will open up into a 30m boardwalk that runs north along the existing footpath at Union Quay. A glazed defence wall will be installed along Union Quay.
  • The design for Parnell Plaza includes a central open area with a series of large stone benched steps to the north side of the plaza adjacent to South Mall. These steps will form the flood defences and will include flood gates at the central steps from South Mall and at the western entrance from the shared path. A viewing platform is proposed at the end of the shared path.
  • Provision of integrated flood gates at Trinity Bridge (north and south) and Parnell Plaza.
  • The extension (i.e. raising) of existing limestone stepped river accesses where necessary.
  • High quality street furniture tree planting/soft landscaping.
  • High quality public lighting.
  • Upgraded drainage system incorporating non-return valves on drainage outfalls, and pumping stations to manage surface water discharge during high tides.
  • Other ancillary works such as the diversion and sealing of utility services, undergrounding of the existing overhead electricity cables and removal of old poles etc. 

Northern Distributor Road

The project involves the route selection for the Cork Northern Distributor Road.  The proposed road is indicatively outlined in the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) as per the graphic below:

Northern Distributor Road - proposed road

The Cork Northern Distributor Road will provide for orbital movement for bus, pedestrian, cycle and some strategic and/or general traffic thereby reducing reliance on radial routes through Cork City Centre.

Northern Distributor Road - typical cross section proposed

This project entails

  • An Options Appraisal Process will be undertaken to select a preferred route for the Cork Northern Distributor Road with emphasis on sustainable transport infrastructure;
  • Once the proposed route is finalised certainty regarding the planning development of adjoining areas can be provided;
  • A cost estimate of the likely overall cost is to be produced of the scheme to inform the next phase/s of its delivery;
  • A Project Execution Plan is to be provided for the full provision of the proposed road and its associated works.

Timeline

The route selection and associated reports are expected to be completed in Q4 2021.

Passage Railway Greenway Improvement Scheme Phase 2

Works Extent

Improving and upgrading of existing greenway from Mahon (South Ring Road) toward Passage West.

Objectives

  • Improve and enhance the safety of the Greenway;
  • To increase use of the Passage Railway Greenway, in line with sustainable transport and health/wellbeing policies by improving the travel experience for cyclists and pedestrians;
  • To increase the Greenway's function as an avenue for biodiversity/wildlife and green space as well as protect and enhance the ecological, environmental, architecture and archaeological heritage along the route;
  • To improve access and connectivity with the areas around the greenway including the scope for developing the car parking, lighting, security and public realm facilities at key locations along the route.

Timeline

Start: Design Phase commenced late 2020.

Finish: Design Finish and Planning Decision end 2021; Construction Phase to follow.

Passage Railway Greenway Improvement Scheme Phase 2

Ringmahon Cycle Route Scheme

The project involves the preliminary design of a cycle network and improvements to public footpaths, bus stops and general public realm as required along Ringmahon Road, Mahon.

Ringmahon Cycle Route Scheme

The project aims to:

(a) Promote sustainable transport within the surrounding residential area;

(b) Improve connectivity with the following sites within the study area:

  • Scoil Na Croise Naofa, Avenue de Rennes
  • Nagle Secondary Community College, Avenue de Rennes
  • Aldi Shopping Centre, Blackrock Avenue
  • Mahon Shopping Centre
  • Blackrock - Passage Greenway
  • Loughmahon Park & Playground

Timeline

The procurement of a Topographical Survey is currently ongoing.  It is anticipated that a Design Team will be appointed for Preliminary Design in Q1 2021.

River Bride Flood Defence Scheme (Blackpool)

The River Bride Flood Defence Scheme was submitted to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) by the Office of Public Works on 2nd August 2018 for Ministerial Consent under Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995.  There then followed an evaluation of the submission by DPER which consisted of an independent appropriate assessment of the EIAR and Natura Impact Statement (NIS), having regard to the relevant legislation and regulations.  The review process is now complete and formal confirmation from the Minister is awaited.

The appointment of a Contractor for the scheme will be progressed following formal Ministerial Confirmation. The construction period is expected to be approximately 24 months.

The site of the proposed drainage works is located almost completely within the environs of Cork City, with a small part of it located within the townlands of Killeens and Rathpeacon, County Cork. The overall study area, which covers the full catchment area for the River Bride (North) extends into both Cork City and County. The proposed development site is accessed via several routes along the length of the works. Various local roads provide most of the direct site access, while the N20 national road runs in a northwest-southeast direction near the site. In addition, the R535 regional road approaches the eastern side of the study area.

The proposed scheme will consist of a combination of flood walls, culverting a section of open channel, bridge replacement, embankment construction and other minor works. The Preferred Option will be designed to cater for the 1% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) flood event (also known as the 100- year flood event). The design of the proposed works has considered the future adaptability of the scheme for the potential impacts of future climate change in accordance with Office of Public Works guidance in relation to climate change and also includes an allowance for freeboard.

Scheme Overview

The proposed works for the River Bride (Blackpool) Certified Drainage Scheme will comprise the following:

  • Site investigation;
  • Construction of new culverts;
  • Replacement of existing bridges/culverts;
  • Construction of new flood walls/earthen embankments;
  • Construction of bridge parapets;
  • Local channel widening of the River Bride;
  • Construction of a sedimentation trap on the left bank of the River Bride;
  • Removal of approximately 70m of existing culvert and restoration of open channel (River Bride) at this location;
  • Construction of a new trash screen and roughing screens and removal of existing trash screens on the River Bride and the Glen and Glenamought Rivers;
  • Modifications to the existing foul and surface water collection networks in the vicinity of the proposed works, including construction of pumping stations, in order to prevent flooding;
  • Removal of an existing sluice structure in the channel of the River Bride to the rear of the Dulux factory;
  • Localised regrading of ground levels, erection of fencing and access gates to facilitate pedestrian/vehicular access to and around flood defences, or to redirect overland surface water flow paths;
  • Filling in a part of an existing open watercourse;
  • Introduction of a flow control structure on the entrance to the Brewery culvert on the River Bride and the Spring Lane culverted branch of the River Glen;
  • Regular maintenance of the river channel and pumping stations;
  • Local stonework repairs within an existing masonry arch culvert (Brewery Branch culvert);
  • Utility diversions.

Further information relating to the scheme is available at: https://www.floodinfo.ie/frs/en/blackpool/home/

South Douglas Road Junction Upgrade Scheme

Works Extent

Road network improvement works at the junction of the South Douglas Road and the N40 Douglas West off Slip.  The Junction is currently a roundabout and the proposal is to replace this with a traffic signalised junction as well as carry out upgrades to pedestrian and cycling facilities in the area.

Objectives

  • Provide safer pedestrian access from Douglas Village to Willow Park, Gaelscoil na Dúglaise and the Tramore Valley Park through the provision of controlled crossings on all approaches to the South Douglas Road;
  • Provide a Northbound segregated cycle track under the N40 connecting to the existing northbound cycle lane on the South Douglas Road;
  • Provide a raised 2-way segregated cycle track to Gaelscoil na Dúglaise with the inclusion of bike parking at the end of the cycle track;
  • Provide for co-ordination of the proposed traffic signals at the junction with existing adjoining signalised junction in Douglas to improve efficiency and reduce congestion.  This will benefit Public Transport journey times on this route as well as general traffic in the area.

Timeline

Detailed Design currently underway with a view to commencing construction summer 2021.

South Douglas Road Junction Upgrade Scheme

Southern Distributor Link Road Preferred Route Selection

Works Extent

Route selection for a proposed new road between the N27 and Sarsfield Road with the potential to also link to the N71 via Lehenaghmore and Spur Hill and could also provide enhanced connectivity to Cork Airport with a potential secondary access point.

Objectives

  • Progress the Southern Distributor Link Road through Phases 1 and 2 of the project as set out in the National Transport Authority's Project Management and Cost Management Guidelines and Phases 0-1 of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's Public Spending Code 2019;
  • Carry out the Options Appraisal Process to select a preferred route for the Southern Distributor Link Road with emphasis on sustainable transport infrastructure;
  • Identify the preferred route for the proposed road thereby providing certainty with regard to the planned development of adjoining areas.

Timeline

Preferred Route Selection Report to be completed end of 2021.

Southern Distributor Link Road Preferred Route Selection

South Quays Public Transport Improvement Scheme

Works Extent

Cork City Council plan to introduce the transport measures outlined in Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) and detailed in the City Centre Movement Strategy (CCMS) in a phased manner.  City Centre Public Transport Improvement Scheme (Phases 1 & 2) has recently been completed and covers the works outlined for St. Patrick's Street area and Grenville Place area.  Phases 3, 4 & 5 are currently at design stage and cover MacCurtain Street, Coburg Street, St. Patrick's Quay, Anderson Quay, Merchant's Quay and surrounding areas.  This project describes the works associated with CCMS Phases 6 & 7 namely South Mall, George's Quay, Anglesea Street, Albert Street, Eglantine Street and surrounding areas.

The South Quays Public Transport Improvement Scheme concentrates on the following streets along the south quays: O'Sullivan's Quay, George's Quay, Union Quay and Terence McSwiney Quay in addition Anglesea Street, South Terrace and South Mall are all included for within the study area.

South Mall is the premier business street in the city, where many of the city's financial and insurance businesses are located.  South Mall has a different characteristic from many of Cork's city centre streets as there is no retain activity with most buildings serving either employment or retail services (i.e. auctioneers/insurance brokers, etc.)

This project includes for a significant change in the current transport networks serving the study area with enhanced cycle provision proposed for both the South Quays and South Mall.  In addition, dedicated bus priority measures are envisaged for South Mall, which currently acts as major termination point in the city and along South Terrace and George's Quay.  The project includes for a detailed review of the operation of Anglesea Street which currently operates one-way southbound, however there are opportunities to alter the flow of traffic on this street to improve public transport access to the city centre and the Bus Station on Parnell Place.

Objectives

  • The overall objective of this project is to deliver a comprehensive transport strategy for the south quays and contiguous areas, that, consistent with the CMATS, provides a framework for transport provision to support the development of this area in the medium and long term;
  • The re-allocation of road space on the city centre streets to ensure a more appropriate balance between the different transport modes service the city and provide travellers to the city with a greater choice of travel mode;
  • The management of through traffic within the central city streets, this will act to improve the environment for all users including public transport users, pedestrians and cyclists.

Timeline

Preliminary Design and Route Selection ongoing in 2021.

South Quays Public Transport Improvement Scheme