Traffic Chaos Set To Continue For Ballycotton Residents

By Seamus Whelehan

Ballycotton RNLI station

The cost of providing a new road to alleviate traffic congestion in an East Cork tourist village has been labelled too prohibitive by Cork County Council.
Last month a deputation from Ballycotton pleaded with the local authority to provide an answer to continuous grid lock in their village.
Stephen Belton from the Ballycotton Development Company told the April sitting of the East Cork Municipality, come tourist season many residents find it difficult to leave their homes due to major traffic congestion.
The hotelier told the sitting an Garda Siochana had suggested the construction of a 1.29km ring road to the south linking to the cliff road and the development of a number of car parks and further parking controls were required to alleviate the situation.
The R629 regional road, the main access route through the village is regularly gridlocked with cars parking on both sides of the narrow street.
Sections of the thoroughfare have no footpath meaning pedestrians are dicing with death, with increasing levels of traffic on the road.

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