The NRA, Cork County Council and Cork City Council have held a public consultation seminar (15th December 2004) in the Kingsley Hotel regarding the proposed 500m euro 17km North Ring Motorway.
The Motorway will complete the full motorway orbital of the city as outlined in the Cork Area Strategic Plan 2001 - 2020 (CASP).
The existing Southern Network runs as so - Jack Lynch Tunnel -> N25 (South Ring Road - incl. Mahon Point, Rochestown, Douglas, Kinsale Road Roundabaout, Togher, Wilton, Bishopstown and as a result of the new 100m Ballincollig By-Pass - officially open next week, Curraheen and Ballincollig).
The planned North Ring will run from Ballincollig (or Curraheen), passed Kerry Pike, via Blarney Area, via Mallow Road (N20), via Glanmire to link up with the N8 and complete the loop.
The proposal is controversial for a number of reasons - its routing options all threaten notable beauty spots or green belt areas, a number of scenic vallies and vistas will be interrupted and 3 of the 4 options included substantial motor-vehicle tunnels under quiet residential districts.
Though I recognise the economic and logistical need for such a motorway - I am disappointed at the lack of foresight when considering such route options. And again, why are we spending so much money on 'the car'? It really isn't the way to go - we need to be investing in better public infastructure in our citizens - and by this I mean, suburban rail, intersuburban transit systems, canopied pedestrian zones and routes etc etc. Fossil fuels will be diminished come 30 years - the what have we got? Hydrogen? H emissions are not non-existent - reduced in comparison to fossil fuels - but not 0. Well - putting my eco-conscience to one side -> what are your feelings?
Please find links to the Cork North Ring Motorway route options and maps below. (apologises for poor scanner quality)