As we await consultation on the new transport study for Carrigaline/Crosshaven early in the New Year, it is hoped that an intrinsic flaw in the design of the M28 motorway for both towns will be addressed in any emerging plan.
The M28 plan only provides for direct access to/from North Carrigaline (North of the Owenabue). It does not take into account that for access to National Routes, the City and the Ringaskiddy industrial area, Crosshaven is connected to South Carrigaline and their combined transport needs are not facilitated by the proposed connectivity. There is no direct connection to the M28 for the growing populations of Crosshaven and South Carrigaline and this represents a major shortcoming which must be taken into account in any proposed transport plan for the area.
People will be very familiar with the towns of Ballincollig, Carrigtwohill, Fermoy, Mitchelstown etc which are all connected to bypasses or motorways. If you think about it, each one of these has more than 1 direct link to their bypass or adjacent motorway to ensure that different areas of the towns have access as appropriate. North, South, East & West sides of these towns have a connection and one only has to look at the new Macroom bypass currently under construction to see a connection for the town on both sides of the river and the construction of a bridge to ensure viable access.
This is not the case for South Carrigaline & Crosshaven whose residents can only connect to vital travel links by going through the centre of Carrigaline itself;- battling with increasing traffic and congestion which is only set to increase more over the coming years with new house construction and jobs growth on the South side of the Owenabue Estuary. As the largest town in the County, Carrigaline & it's connected town, Crosshaven, deserve at least the same as other County towns.
Remedial improvements with new feeder roads inside Carrigaline, planned more than a decade ago and just happening now, will provide some internal relief but will not address the issue for those who live & work South of the Estuary.
We believe that the Owenabue Estuary Bridge Crossing proposal will deliver the necessary transport connection to National Routes, the City & Ringaskiddy by connecting across the Estuary with the planned intersection on the M28 at Barnahealy. We are not suggesting that improvements to our proposed design and the exact location of the crossing cannot be made but, a crossing to the East of Carrigaline to facilitate Crosshaven & South Carrigaline is the only viable correction to the M28 design flaw and solution to the related transport & access needs of these areas into the foreseeable future.
Of course, not only will this relieve traffic congestion and improve access but so also will it support growth, employment and open new valuable amenities in both the Carrigaline & Crosshaven areas.
We would hope that County Officials & Public Representatives currently considering a new transport study for the area, will consider these issues and the proposed solution carefully.