Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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Bear in mind the road in front of the cathedral will eventually form part of the new orbital route around the city. Which is a pity really because the whole area would make for a very impressive plaza if traffic could be diverted around it.
I’d forgotten about that actually, ideally there shouldnt be a heavily trafficed route passing in close proximity to such a landmark as St John’s Cathedral! The planned orbital travels up Charlotte Quay, Clare Street, Saint Lelia Street, New Road and past St John’s onto Cathedral Place. Unfortunately there isnt really a suitable alternative route available unless you were to use the Dublin Road and Childers Road instead. Although that isnt exactly feasible given the volumes already using those roads!
Its disappointing because as it stands that area immediately surrounding the Cathedral, Fountain etc is really lacking some form of definition and the road layout is a confusing mess. Obviously the revamp of John’s Square will drastically improve matters however its hard not to feel that they have missed a golden opportunity to create what would be Limerick’s first large scale public space!:(