New Bus Shelters “En Route” for East Cork

By Seamus Whelehan

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A number of bus shelters and improved bus stops are to be installed in the Midleton, Ballinacurra, Castlemartyr and Youghal areas before the end of the year.
Cormac O’Súilleabháin, Cork County Council Traffic and Transport Section announced the rollout on Monday last.
Mr O’Súilleabháin said “while every stop constructed will be accessible, it will only be accessible to the low floor buses, which are essentially the urban fleet.”
He said more substantial works are required to make it fully accessible for the coach and expressway service.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) have given approval for ten shelters across Cork County this year, with up to 50 locations within the County already identified for improvement works.
The Senior Executive Engineer said he was hopeful of further funding next year to tackle those areas.
“The focus this year is on East Cork” he said.
The locations of the new bus shelters will be at the bus stops in Midleton outside DAWG; at Lee Travel a number of Herring Bone parking spaces will be removed to create a dedicated bus stop and the existing shelter at Midleton Park Hotel will be replaced.
In Ballinacurra a new bus stop and shelter will be installed outside the Co-Op Store for westbound commuters, in addition to a pedestrian crossing and new footpath.
Castlemartyr will get its first covered bus shelter on Main Street serving westbound fares, and the eastbound stop will be upgraded to a disability accessible stop.
In Youghal, replacement shelters will be provided at the Greyhound Track, east bound and westbound at Fairfield car park, and the Lifeboat station.
At Youghal Post Office the east bound stop will be upgraded, making it accessible for passengers of mixed ability.
Accessible bus stops will also be constructed at the Courthouse in Midleton for eastbound commuters, and at the AIB Bank for those travelling west.

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