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Gridlock in Crosshaven

Writes Leo McMahon

There’s gridlock at the lower end of Camden Road, Crosshaven especially at weekends, said Cllr Audrey Buckley (FF) at the monthly meeting of Cork County Council’s Carrigaline Municipal District.

She asked that the local authority consider putting down double yellow lines on the right side going up at the bottom of Camden Road where it is narrow, adding that it was on a double decker bus route.

Senior executive engineer Madeleine Healy replied that she had already raised the matter with the council’s Roads Design Office and undertook to follow up on this.

Gridlock was also a problem, said Cllr Buckley, at both ends of Upper Road, Crosshaven especially on school days and wondered if a one-way system would be feasible at peak times, as done near schools in Monkstown and Passage West. Both Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) and the engineer informed her that both one way systems were unofficial with no signage but initiated by parents through a newsletter and text messages.

To a query from Cllr Buckley, the engineer repeated that Church Bay Road, Crosshaven would be upgraded as part of the planning requirements for a proposed new development in the area and that remedial works involving temporary patching would be carried out in the meantime.

With regard to Cllr Buckley’s enquiry about the one-way system at Hugh Coveney Pier, Crosshaven, the engineer replied that she awaited a final drawing to come back from the road design office. It would then have to go through a public ‘Section 38’ process, the same as for pedestrian crossings so it was unlikely to come into effect, if agreed, until 2020.

Cllr D’Alton said Cllr Ben Dalton-O’Sullivan (Ind) and fellow councillors had requested attendance of a representative from Bus Eireann concerning numerous issues. The SEO replied the request had been made by the MD and by the council’s development committee.

Cllr D’Alton also renewed her call for a bus shelter programme for the MD. In agreement, Cathaoirleach Seamus McGrath (FF) said a meeting with the National Transport Authority was also sought.

Cllr Aidan Lombard (FG) again enquired about his call for a footpath from Minane Bridge village to the school.  He was informed that negotiations were under way and there was progress and the property section was actively working on it.

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