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  • in reply to: Cork Transport #780051
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    I wouldn’t be surprised if overall operations were down 4%. The increase in passenger numbers is largely attributable to larger aircraft being used, so you could see a rise in the number of passengers along with a reduction in aircraft movement. There’s also been a decline in the number of freight operators.

    I’d be surprised if the car park revenue was down tha much. As passenger numbers are up and car parking fees have risen, it would either imply a much larger increase in inbound passengers or more locals opting for public transport and taxis. Although for me now, if a trip is over three days, it’s cheaper to take a taxi than drive up to the airport and park.

    I have no idea about the retail revenue.

    He’s certainly right about the lack of direction. The failure to appoint a new chairman at this point smacks of a don’t care attitude.

    in reply to: Cork Transport #780049
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    That area can be prone to queueing traffic in the morning and evening rushes, so I guess it gets the Airport/Kinsale/Ballinspittle buses and taxis around the stationery traffic. The same rules would apply as any bus lane in the Cork City Council area. Buses, taxis and bicycles (if you’re mad enough) only Monday-Friday 7:30-9:30 & 16:30-18:30.

    in reply to: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork #780429
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    It’s looking better than I thought it would during construction and while not a stunning building is not terrible either. It certainly doesn’t deserve to be compared to the car park in Clon, which between it’s form, inappropriateness for the town and prominent location when you arrive there deserves to be in any worst 10 in Ireland list!

    in reply to: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork #780425
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    The case was settled out of court on Friday.

    No details of the settlement I’m afraid.

    in reply to: Cork Transport #780044
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    Before going out of action, it was used by a number of charter airlines and CentralWings (who have subsequently dropped flights to Cork). I think BMIBaby may have used it if they were pulled up at the right gate, but I’m not sure on that one. Aer Lingus have used it for routes other than London (I’ve certainly used it on a flight to Amsterdam). Generally, the London flight got it, but if there was no London bound flight occupying or about to occupy the stand, they would use it for other routes too.

    One annoyance is that the entire design of the airport is based around using airbridges. Arrivals would probably have been on the ground floor for a flat walk-in otherwise.

    in reply to: Cork Transport #780028
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    I’d say there was intense pressure to get this cleared up well in advance of the local elections, so it isn’t an issue there. Voters are far more likely to punish government parties in the locals than in the general election. Unfortunately, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael could put up Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Pol Pot as candidates and still walk away with three of the five seats in Cork South Central.

    Still amidst all this a special word of congratulations must go to Michael McGrath for showing a level of contempt for the electorate that is breathtaking even from a Fianna Fail politician. “What? You actually believed what I said in my election literature?”

    And if anyone who isn’t standing tries to point out his bare-faced lies next time round, they are breaking electoral law. Great democracy we have…

    in reply to: cork docklands #778814
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    That’s just brilliant. In my ward, five voted against and one didn’t bother to vote. That makes it easy for me to decide who to vote for next time out :rolleyes:

    Actually, looking at that list, we have

    For: Labour(x3), Sinn Fein, PD, Ind , Soc
    Against: FF (x9), Green, Labour(x2), FG (x2)

    So a few questions

    Was there a party decision to vote against by Fianna Fail councillors?
    Why did so few Sinn Fein (1/3) and Fine Gael (2/8) councillors vote at all? [FF managed 9/10 and Labour 5/6]

    in reply to: cork docklands #778798
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    it may be considered next year

    I think we all know what that means.

    I can’t for the life of me work out what they’re waiting for. Maybe the bribes haven’t been paid yet.

    in reply to: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork #780392
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    @cubix wrote:

    So looks like the first and last high rise to be built in cork,whats the general consensus down there?personally I think its ok,,maybe a bit stumpy.The pic above makes it look very gaunt,hopefully when its completely finished with the spire and all it will be a improvement.

    I tend to agree with the stumpy comment. It could either do with being 5 storeys lower so that it isn’t so out of scale to surrounding buildings or it could be 5 storeys higher so that it would appear more slender. As is, it looks like a compromise height that neither suits the buildings or the surroundings.

    in reply to: cork docklands #778794
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    The EU gave approval for tax breaks in 2006. To say they have to get EU approval is a bare-faced lie, not an indication of laziness because it wasn’t done earlier. In the meantime, it put me in mind of this Examiner article from three weeks ago

    http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2008/01/12/story52382.asp

    Nobody should despair though, tax breaks will be approved shortly before the next election when they’ll still have six months to run :rolleyes:

    in reply to: Cork Transport #780002
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    I think you’re at the heart of the problem with Irish politicians there. They actually spend money on studies and grand plans because it fools people into thinking they are doing something about problems.

    Let me give you an example on this.

    Recently talk has yet again emerged of a light rail system. I’m all for this, but really it’s not what we need politicians to look at now.

    Even if a decision was made to build it today, we’d be looking at the following timeframe

    Identification of routes would take until 2009
    You’d then look at a public enquiry, which would take it into 2010
    Then you need to get the legalities of the railway order/planning permission sorted out, so we’re talking late 2010
    Put out tenders and we’re into 2011
    And then judging by the LUAS it would take 3 or 4 years to build it.

    So, even if the decision was made today and the funding was available, we wouldn’t see it in operation until 2014 at the earliest.

    Now, if we go back to the last election. Imagine somebody has then decided to double bus frequency on every route. Even with buying busses and hiring and training drivers, we could be seeing benefits pretty soon.

    The truth is that the grand designs hide the fact that politicians aren’t making the simple decisions that could mean a massive improvement in the transport situation in the city.

    It’s actually hard to quantify my disillusionment with all the main political parties, their lack of vision and even their lack of basic planning and managerial skills. Sometimes I think I should get involved in politics because I could hardly do a worse job, but then when I look at the alternatives of being part of one of the parties that have historically failed us or being an independent with no power to influence or make changes, I just despair completely.

    in reply to: Cork Transport #779986
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    It was in the Examiner alright yesterday, but stuck in the business section.

    Since the Examiner started pretending to be a national paper, it’s lost focus on local issues and the Echo seems more worried about whether someone can afford a new SUV than developments that might define the city’s future.

    Honestly, all the big parties need a good kick up the backside in Cork. A local party that could leave aside all the national dogmas and just get on with running the city well and standing up for the city in the Dail could do wonders. Local elections in 2009. Time to start thinking…

    in reply to: Cork Transport #779976
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    I’d say anyone who disagrees with THE_Chris has never had the pleasure of driving the N20. The Charleville-Croom section is digraceful considering it links the state’s second city to its third and fourth. Last time I drove it, it took me 15 minutes to get through Buttevant. At least the N8 doesn’t pass through any towns now and is 2+1 for most of the route.

    in reply to: Cork Transport #779968
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    @Aidan wrote:

    I’ve seen plans with a traffic bridge crossing the river in front of the (new) railway station, with specific proviso for future use as a light rail bridge. No idea if that bridge is an opener, but I really doubt it, for obvious reasons.

    Openable bridges that carry tramlines are not uncommon in The Netherlands. Off hand, I can think of one in Rijswijk and one in Rotterdam.

    in reply to: Cork Transport #779963
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    The Skew Bridge would make more sense than Silversprings as you could run onto Centre Park Road from there.

    I’m still surprised by the lack of public consultation on the plan. I haven’t seen any movement until the announcement it was happening. The price quoted is very high. It’s more than the entire cost of reopening the Midleton rail line and we’ve all seen how hard it has been to get funding released for that.

    in reply to: Cork Transport #779961
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    I’m thinking more of leisure craft or something like the proposed waterbus service. They should be able to get under the bridge at high tide. To facilitate things like naval visits and older ships with masts, you’d make the bridge raisable as well. What you don’t want is a situation where it blocks the river or it has to be raised for anything that wants to go under it.

    in reply to: Cork Transport #779959
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    Although the Maas is a bit wider than the Lee, if it’s anything like the Erasmus Bridge (the other one I showed), some boats will get under the main span, while the bit between the pylon and the opposite shore can be raised to let taller ships through.

    Of course, the Erasmus Bridge also has a tram line over it, if only it could be exactly like a scaled down version…

    in reply to: Cork Transport #779953
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    Last Saturday’s Echo had on its front page details of a new bridge planned for the city. At first, I assumed it was a reference to the Water St bridge, but in the details they said

    The planned bridge will connect new developments on Cork’s south docks to Tivoli, close to the Silver-Springs Moran Hotel, forming a stylish new gateway point to the city.

    Now, opposite Silversprings is the Atlantic Pond. There’s no substantial road network to link to there at the moment and I can see an almighty row if anyone tried to develop one. Also, I can’t see any details on the Corporation web site.

    Is this the Echo getting the wrong end of the stick about Water St or is it genuinely a completely new bridge?

    On a side note, this is the diagram of the bridge

    Nice to see such originality of thought…

    in reply to: Cork Transport #779941
    jungle
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    I’ve always felt a better use of a waterbus would be in the lower harbour area, linking Whitegate, Cobh, Monkstown and Ringaskiddy. If done properly it could integrate with the rail service in Cobh providing a good public transport option for people travelling into the city. Instead, in addition to the speed limits, they’re looking at a route that will shadow the rail line and never be able to beat it for time.

    Also, I note that news sites today are reporting that work has started on the Western Rail Corridor. Midleton suffers further delays. The moral of the story: Forget trying to build population densities along transport corridors, just throw your toys out of the pram; it’s more effective.

    in reply to: Cork Transport #779938
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    Most of you will have probably heard this, but it may as well be logged here. According to last Sunday’s SBP, the Midleton rail line will now not be opening til 2010.

    Who’s surprised by that…

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