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McGrath Calls For Bus Shelter In Carrigaline

Writes Leo McMahon

At the recent monthly meeting of Cork County Council’s Carrigaline Municipal District (MD), Cllr Seamus McGrath had a motion seeking an update on a previous request to install a bus shelter at the inbound stop by the bridge on Main Street, Carrigaline.

In a report, executive engineer Jonathan Cahill stated: ‘The National Transport Authority (NTA) is currently in the process of rolling out the first phase of a bus shelter programme for Co. Cork which has been prepared in consultation with the Traffic and Transportation section of the council.

‘While Carrigaline does meet the minimum threshold for provision of a shelter, it is not included in the current phase. Consideration can be given to provision of shelters at additional locations in Co. Cork, including the stop at Carrigaline once the first phase has been completed,’ the engineer added.

Expressing disappointment, Cllr McGrath said it was the busiest stop in Carrigaline and argued that a shelter was a basic facility that should be provided there if serious about promoting more use of public transport.  He asked that the matter be followed up again with the NTA.

In support, Cllr D’Alton said a shelter there was a ‘no brainer,’ She and Cllr Aidan Lombard (FG) said the councillors should be involved with the NTA on such a programme because people contacted them about it. Cllr O’Connor concurred and also called for a shelter at Upper Kilmoney Road while Cllr McGrath noted requests for an extra inbound bus stop at Lower Kilmoney Road.

A bus shelter at Glenbrook that would facilitate around 70 children coming from Great Island via the cross-river ferry en route to St. Peter’s Community School was requested by Cllr D’Alton.

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