Traffic calming measures and pedestrian crossings are to be installed near two Cobh schools in an effort to improve road safety. The Municipality, at the November sitting of the Borough, approved plans for the development of two pedestrian crossings on either end of Bishop Street.
The plans went on public display over a six week period in June and attracted nine submissions from the public. A controlled crossing will be installed between Coláiste Mhuire Secondary School and St Joseph’s National School, with an uncontrolled zebra crossing above the junction with Thomas Street. Input from the public resulted in the removal of a set of build outs at 12, 13 and 16 Bishop Street and a reduction in size of two other build-outs near Mount Crosier, as residents feared they would affect parking.
The need for safety measures in the area has been raised by the Councillors at their meetings for a number of years. Labour Cllr Cathal Rasmussen, who has been fighting for the improvement works, has welcomed the scheme. He said “it’s a much needed facility as it’s a very busy and dangerous location.” Senior Engineer Cork Roads, Ger O’Hora said “the scheme will make a big difference to the area for both school people and road traffic users.” Mark O’Sullivan, Authority Senior Engineer for Non-National Roads, told Councillors that the works should go to tender shortly. Mr O’Sullivan said his team will need to improve lighting and signage in the area, and make some minor alterations to the existing footpaths and road markings.