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New Bus Stop In Kinsale

Bus Stop To Be Located In Car Park At Kinsale

Writes Leo McMahon

A new bus stop in the car park could be one of the beneficiaries of pay parking in Kinsale town, which in 2017 generated €78,750, members of Cork County Council’s Bandon-Kinsale Municipal District were informed at their monthly meeting.

Senior executive officer MacDara o-Hici said it was proposed to spend this as follows: Battle of Kinsale signs, €30,000; fencing of council land at Charles Fort, €20,000; bus stop works in the car park, €17,000 and public realm improvements, €11,750.

Initially the bus stop at the car park between Long Quay and Pier Road, Kinsale was going to be temporary but senior executive engineer Brendan Fehily said he understood the National Transport Authority was also going to give money towards a permanent bus stop there. However, agreement from senior management in the council was awaited.

A scheme had been developed by a consultant for a bus stop which would enable a bus arriving into Kinsale to enter from Pier Road, pull up in the car park and leave via a barrier on to Long Quay opposite Centra for the journey to Cork.

Cllr Kevin Murphy (FG) who welcomed this, has at numerous meetings, called for relocation of the inbound bus stop at Kinsale because passengers were disembarking close to the water’s edge at Pier Road. Buses then had to drive all the way to Archdeacon Duggan Bridge to turn because drivers were not allowed to carry out the difficult manoeuvre of reversing a bus at the Pier Head or near the Trident Hotel with passengers on board. There would now be a quicker and safer turnaround, he added.

Cllr Gillian Coughlan (FF) presiding, suggested the divisional manager be asked to give the go-ahead in principle for a permanent bus stop.

Cllr Murphy queried why pay parking revenue for Kinsale was down €7,000 (10.5%) from €88,000 in 2016. Mr o-Hici said he would enquire how this was calculated.

Cllr Aidan Lombard (FG) said he was very disappointed over the lack of response from Bus Eireann to queries raised in writing having previously failed to meet with the MD.

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