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Pedestrianisation in prospect as Cork plots post-Covid-19 strategy

Words: Roger Milne

A number of narrow and historic high-footfall streets in Cork city are set to be pedestrianised to help the city reopen as Covid-19 restrictions ease.

Paul Street, Tuckey Street and Pembroke Street will be closed to traffic and pedestrianisation measures will be enhanced to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained. This will involve the removal of some car parking, the relocation of disabled parking bays, and the removal of bollards.

The Marina riverside amenity, about three kilometres downriver of the city centre, will be closed to all vehicular traffic for the summer.

The strategy is outlined in a 22-page discussion document presented to city councillors and some city centre stakeholders this week.

It outlines how the pedestrianisation of Oliver Plunkett Street will be reintroduced as soon as possible, subject to a review of car parking for essential workers in the city centre, and includes:

  • plans for additional bike parking stands, and the repair or replacement of damaged bike parking facilities;
  • lights at busy pedestrian crossing points will be demand-led; and
  • a streamlined process for street furniture licensing.

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