If I could rip off Eamon Dunphy...it's a good transport system, it's not a great transport system. Cork has benefited from some good planning over the last 2 decades which have led to:
- Cork Ring Road
- Lee Tunnel
- City Link Road
- Dual Carriageway standard road into/out of the city on the major routes to Dublin/Waterford/Limerick/Kerry
- Bus/Green Routes (of questionable benefit many argue)
- Park & Ride (with a planned 2nd site shot down by people power in Mayfield)
- Imminent reopening of commuter rail to East Cork
On the other hand, some of the challenges include:
- Continued growth in population and business activity (and therefore congestion) in the city centre, Docklands, suburbs and immediate hinterland
- Continued spread of city in low density developments
- Inherent constraints of narrow and small roads/streets in the city centre
- Lack of growth in city/suburban bus routes
- Delays in development of Horgans Quay/Kent Station
- Scaled down development of Central Bus Station from original plans/potential improvements
- Inadequately designed/insufficient capacity in new airport terminal
- Lack of funding for key projects (e.g. dualling of N28 to Ringaskiddy, grade separated interchanges on Ring Road)
- North Ring Road?
- Lack of coordination between City and County Authorities?
- Current lack of population density along river to justify water borne transport
- Lack of proper cycling lanes and associated facilities
- Lack of footpaths accompanying many major housing developments (e.g Lehanaghmore)
- Minimal public transport competition from the private sector
What do people believe is required? That's a stupidly broad question and could be further broken into: required elements of infrastructure, required exposure at national level to secure funding, required planning initiatives at local and regional level and more. Thoughts?