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On a more positive note – I was back home in West Cork last week and had to visit the city on Wednesday. I decided to use the Black Ash park and ride facility for the first time. It was excellent.
As there was a bus about to leave the attendant handed us our passenger tickets and told us to pay on our return. The service has us on the quay in a few short minutes. The return was equally punctual.
The whole experience was effortless and great value for money. The car park appeared to be quite full so hopefully it is a sign that people in Cork are willing to use clean, efficient and reliable public transport even if it is not rail based.
Neptune stadium was a great addition to the city when built and still is great for the city for certain things but I can not see how you are compering it to the odessy arena as there is a vast differance in capacity and anyway is a much more modern and up to date facility! I also came about the idea as there was going concern about the viability of the centre being built in cork and the odessy also was built as an entertainment centre with bars,hard rock cafe etc which could also be brought into such a centre for cork to bring in more people and money to the centre? And basically I think such a centre would be much more attractive and worth while for the city, this also comes back to the point of the cc not being ambitious enough in the new developments in the city(high rise). I would also like to say while im on that Cork needs to address its retail problem sooner rather than later as I was in limerick recently and it just came across me that it is better served by the bigger names moving in such as eddie rockets,pizza hut(i know mp has both of these) but they are only food court outlets and my examples but i am really refering to the city centre anyway!Also footlocker has just expanded with a number of outlets in Ireland but none in Cork again!Also Dixons,pc world,currys just popped into my head!
re: footlocker – What is wrong with Cummins Sports and Finns Corner?
re: Dixons – Soundstore and Flor Griffin?
You may have a point but in terms of retail I am not sure I want Cork to become another Leicester/Derby/Belfast/etc. I live in the UK and find the average regional high street to be extremely boring. I love coming home to Cork and see some “retail independence” ,
Go down there yourself; take a look at the track alignment (beside the footpaths adjacent to people’s front doors) and it will dawn on you that the trams will indeed make life intolerable for residents of this section of Line A
Hi, I’m a long time reader of this forum and first time contributor.
This Luas scaremongering is becoming ridiculous. I live in Melbourne where trams are an every day part of life.
A tram passes by right my house with a request stop outside my front door. Trams start running at 4:40am and finish at 1am. These trams are much older than those Dublin are getting, but even so the noise is very inoffensive and everyone on the route young and old wants them there because they provide an excellent and reliable service. Why will Dubliners be any different?
Additionally from what I can make out (number of lines aside) the design of the Dublin system will be far superior to the system here where stops are too frequent (100m in places) and the trams doors are not at platform level.
Wait until it starts and then ask those people along Line A if their lives are intolerable…I expect they will be the same as everyone else in Dublin and will be demanding extensions to the network ASAP.