The bus stops here….or does it?

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Bus shelters –or the lack of them – generally raise hackles at local authority meetings and so it proved at September’s East Cork Municipal District meeting when Cork County Council project manager Cormac O’Suilleabháin outlined plans for a reshuffle of shelters in Midleton and Youghal, writes Christy Parker.

His address included removing the Midleton post office bus stop and also 16 parking spaces –including two disability spaces- at Lee Travel, to facilitate a new stop.

Mr O’Suilleabháin said the council, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority, oversaw about 50 bus shelters across the county and with a little extra funding from three NTA, the focus this year was on east Cork. He the three elements to the plans were i) installation of bus shelters, ii) replacement of bus shelters and iii) accessible stop upgrades (suitable for wheelchairs, etc.).

He then read from the following programme:

Every stop would have enhanced access for passengers, but with more substantial works for the Expressway fleet to facilitate wheelchair users –outlined as ‘accessible stops’ on the programme.

The new shelter at Lee Travel, Midleton emerged as contentious as it would mean the removal of 16 ‘herring bone’ (perpendicular) spaces to provide expansive build-outs to enable the bus to park ‘off line’ from the traffic flow.

Youghal was to get a new bus stop/accessible shelter at the Walter Raleigh hotel, while the Moll Goggin’s shelter would be removed as it is considered “dangerous”.

Read more inside the latest issue of Midleton & District News.