Pedestrianisation of Little Cross Street

opendate_range25 Sep, 2020, 9:21am - 2 Nov, 2020, 5:00pm

Fógra Poiblí de réir Acht Um Thrácht ar Bhóithre 1994 (Alt 38) leasaithe ag an Acht Um Rialáil Iompair Phoiblí 2009 (Alt 46)

Public Notice in Compliance with the Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 38) as amended by the Public Transportation Regulation Act, 2009 (Section 46)

Little Cross Street Pedestrianisation

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 1994, as amended by the Public Transport Regulation Act, 2009 (Section 46), Cork City Council proposes to introduce traffic calming measures to restrict vehicular access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on Little Cross Street from its junction with Washington Street to its junction with Hanover Street.

Background

Cork City Council is continuing to implement a programme of measures to support the local economy and to support both residents and the public in living and working in the city centre and town centres while we all learn to live with this Pandemic and as Government direction allows in response to the various levels of the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. The contagious virus is a constant which means that while public health recommendations such as social distancing, respiratory hygiene and hand washing will be more important than ever, action in the city is being undertaken on an ongoing basis by the Council to facilitate these changes.

In cities across Europe there is emerging evidence of the reallocation of additional road space to walking and cycling in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly being pursued as the best available option to safely facilitate the movement of a considerable volume of people to work, education and amenities. While this approach protects health and well - being, all interventions will need to be fully considered across all stakeholder interest groups.

The temporary changes to the layout of streets implemented earlier this year in order to maintain adequate separation space for public health social distancing requirements continue to be important in the Plan for Living with COVID-19. Cork City Council now propose to implement some of these changes on a more permanent basis, one of which is outlined below.

Consultation:

Submissions are invited from the public, stakeholders and interested parties on the proposed introduction of traffic calming measures to restrict vehicular access on Little Cross Street. Details of the proposals are available to view by visiting https://consult.corkcity.ie . Alternatively, they will be made available for inspection by appointment at Reception Desk, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork on working days from Friday 25th of Sept 2020 to Monday 2nd of November, 2020 from 9am to 4.30pm. Please phone 021-4924000 in advance to arrange an appointment. 

Representations in relation to the proposals, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, may be made;

  • In writing to Senior Executive Engineer, Traffic Operations, Room 339, City Hall, Cork. It should be clearly marked “Enhanced Pedestrianisation of Selected City Streets Section 38” or
  • electronically https://consult.corkcity.ie

Closing date for receipt of submissions is on or before 5.00 p.m. on Monday 2nd of November 2020. All comments, including names and addresses of those making submissions and observations, submitted to Cork City Council in regard to this scheme, will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented at the monthly meeting of Cork City Council. Accordingly, they will be included in the minutes of that meeting and may appear in the public domain. Cork City Council will retain data for no longer than is necessary and in accordance with the Council’s Data Protection Policy and Privacy Statement (available to view on www.corkcity.ie) and relevant Data Protection legislation. Cork City Council is bound by the Freedom of Information Act 2014 , and the Environmental Information Regulations, so the release of  information to the public is also governed by such legislation. Disclosure of  information will be dependent on exemptions and the public interest test.

Little Cross Street Pedestrianisation

In order to facilitate improved pedestrian movement, to enhance social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic, and to continue to support businesses through reallocating street space for the purposes of al fresco dining, Cork City Council proposes to close Little Cross Street from its junction with Washington Street to its junction with Hanover Street to vehicular traffic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Little Cross Street is a short street with low traffic and low footfall. In order to maximise space for al fresco dining it is proposed that roadway be cordoned off and reallocated for use for restaurant tables and chairs and the existing footpaths be used for pedestrian access. The pedestrianisation of this area will complement the high volume of bar and restaurant offerings in the Washington Street area

This street has been temporarily closed over the last few months and as part of that temporary closure, the loading bay on the street was removed. This arrangement will continue as part of this proposal. The closure will be given effect by installing bollards with lockable sockets on Little Cross Street at its junction with Washington Street and its junction with Hanover Street. In the longer term a street refurbishment scheme will need to be developed to remove the carriageway and reallocate the street space. Access for emergency services will be retained. Advance warning signs will be provided on Washington Street and Hanover Street. The current speed limit on Little Cross Street is 50 km/h.

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