Green Routes

The Cork Area Strategic Plan (CASP), commissioned jointly by Cork City Council and Cork County Council provides a framework to enable Cork to become a leading European City region. Central to CASP is the implementation of an integrated transport system, based on the completion of essential strategic road links, the development of a suburban rail network, and a high quality bus network supported by Park and Ride facilities and improved cycle and pedestrian networks.

The high quality bus network, which will be developed as a series of Green Routes, has been designed to ensure the fast and efficient movement of people in and out of the city. The priority will be the movement of people, not vehicles.

Cork City and the wider Cork Metropolitan area have grown dramatically over recent decades and the number of vehicles, particularly private cars, in our city centre and peripheral roads means we are now at choking point. The ultimate aim of CASP is to ensure that the end user - driver, bus/ train user and cyclist has the benefit of choice which guarantees that destinations will be reached on time and in comfort and safety.

The Green Routes are a new concept in traffic management for Cork and as well as providing priority for the efficient movement of passengers by bus, the development will also include improved footpaths and protection for pedestrians from traffic as well as space for cycle lanes and tracks.

Construction of the Green Routes is well underway on the No.6 Route from Grange to City Centre and the No 8 from Bishopstown to City Centre. Work on the No 8 from Mayfield is to commence shortly.

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Bus Lanes

Cork people, and drivers in particular,are about to be exposed to a new experience in Public transport traffic management. The new Green Route Bus Corridors are soon to be a fact of life in Cork City and its environs.

Green Routes are one of the key parts of the overall CASP strategy ,which is the strategic development plan for the greater Cork region until the year 2020.

The Curraheen to City Centre (No. 8) and the Grange/Frankfield to City centre (No. 6) routes are to be come into operation on Friday 10th December.

 A 2km.section of the No.6 route has operated successfully for some months now in Grange to the terminus at Curragh Woods and anecdotal evidence from Bus Eireann is that there are significant time savings being noticed by the bus drivers along this section of the route especially at times of peak traffic.


Bus lanes hours of operation will be displayed on timeplates on the bus lane identification signs. To avoid confusion during the introduction in Cork, the hours of operation are: -

Morning                                       Evening
7.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m                   4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Bus lanes are designated by a wide continuous white line and a blue identification sign, complete with time plate, at beginning and end of the bus lane. Reminder signs will be placed where the length of bus lane warrants it.

The law states that: -

  • Buses, Taxis and Bicycles can travel in a Bus lane 
  • Hackney cabs, and motor cycles are not allowed

All road users are asked to be extra careful during the introduction period.

Other major benefits of the Green route corridors in Cork will be the introduction of improved Pedestrian crossing facilities as well as bus and cyclist priority at traffic signals.

Between now and 2008 a further 8 Green Routes will be constructed by Cork City Council and Cork County Council as part of CASP. The Department of Transport is funding these projects. It is envisaged that up to € 40 million will be needed to complete these major projects.