An ambitious regeneration of Cork’s historic MacCurtain St has been approved as part of a multi-million overhaul of city centre traffic movement north of the river Lee.
City councillors approved Part 8 planning for the MacCurtain St public transport improvement scheme - the latest phase of the city council’s City Centre Movement Strategy (CCMS) which has been designed to deliver major benefits for bus passengers, cyclists and pedestrians.
The National Transport Authority-funded scheme includes plans for a complete upgrade of the public realm on MacCurtain St, with new wider footpaths, bus priority measures, street resurfacing, new public lighting, additional street furniture, and the planting of new trees.
The scheme also includes major upgrades and traffic management changes to nearby streets, quays and bridges, with several new segregated bike lanes and bus lanes planned.
Public realm upgrades are planned for Leitrim St, Coburg St, Bridge St, the lower section of St Patrick’s Hill, St Patrick’s Quay, Brian Boru Street, Merchant’s Quay, Anderson’s Quay, as well as Cathedral Walk and part of Mulgrave Road.
It includes a new two-way segregated cycle lane along St Patrick’s Quay and Camden Quay, on Merchant’s Quay, across Christy Ring Bridge, and on Leitrim St, to improve connectivity between bike lanes around Kent Station and Penrose Quay in the east, and at Pope’s Quay at the western side of the city centre.