corkblow-in wrote:I just find it amazing that a rail based park & ride which could potentially take a lot of the cars coming from the north and east is refused on the basis that the interchange may be upgraded in the future - apparently the NRA just weren't sure if they would need part of the proposed car park - just in case they do. Sustainable mass transit options should override road based.
Its likely that the park & ride would remove at least some of the traffic and give some breathing space for the roads into the city centre, at least in the short/medium term...... but I guess that would mean planning beyond the next election......
I know this is an old post but anyway.
The problem here is that Dunkettle HAS to be upgraded. No matter how much 'sustainable' transport you can get, the fact is that interchange needs a major rework. It should never have been built as it is, it just doesnt have the capacity.
The Park & Ride is planned for a ludicrous place, right on top of the junction. A much better location would be the old freight yards near Little Island.
The problem with their plans is they want to put the P&R on the north eastern side of the Dunkettle Roundabout. We have looked at amateurish ways of upgrading the junction and it is almost completely impossible to upgrade without using that patch of land. The junction of the Cork - Waterford, Cork - Dublin and Cork South Ring (and eventually North Ring) junctions has to take priority over a sustainable transport solution in this case.