15 November 2019
By Elaine Murphy
Local Fianna Fáil councillor, Pádraig O’Sullivan has confirmed that progress is soon to be made on addressing traffic and transport issues in Little Island.
Cllr. O’Sullivan was commenting as Cork County Council advertised a call for tenders for design works under the Little Island Traffic and Transportation Study.
“Once these designs are completed, it will allow the County Council seek funding for an array of cycle and bus lanes, in addition to a transport and mobility hub to be based at Little Island Train Station.
“This project is the culmination of intensive lobbying by local residents, community groups and business leaders who are eager to make working and living in Little Island easier and more efficient.
“All going well and with funding from the National Transport Authority, it may be possible to see shovels in the group in the 3rd quarter of 2020.
“The real success story would be the introduction of bus lanes and a public bus service linking the city and Munster’s largest employment centre, Little Island which employs approximately 15,000 people.
“Obviously, it’s very disappointing that the Government has failed to make progress on the Dunkettle Interchange, but it’s positive that other projects are being progressed in the meantime.
“With so many people employed, it’s a no brainer to introduce these types of public transport options. Not only is it good for workers, but it’s also good for the environment,” concluded O’Sullivan.