Cork Chamber has welcomed the approval of the Little Island Transportation Strategy and the commencement of improved access works at the Island’s Eastern entrance.
Cork Chamber Director of Public Affairs, Thomas McHugh stated “This week we reach two significant milestones for Little Island. The commencement of much needed road improvements at the eastern entrance near Eastgate, which is part of the wider Dunkettle Interchange works, and the agreement of Little Island Transportation Strategy.”
Mr McHugh stated, “Yesterday, we facilitated a meeting between the Little Island business community and the Dunkettle project team on the details of the interchange upgrade and the capacity improvement works which start next Monday 11th. The Dunkettle Interchange will be a game changer for Little Island but we must work through the steps together to get there and Little Island businesses need to see immediate and sustained progress. The project team are working hard to minimise the negative impacts of these works for Little Island businesses and residents alike and these ongoing meetings are crucial for keeping all business stakeholders informed.”
“In complement, The Little Island Transport Strategy has also been long awaited and requires immediate implementation. Currently the potential of one of Ireland’s largest strategic employment zones is being constrained and this can’t persist. It is essential that there is smart, sustainable growth enabled for Little Island with detailed timelines, commencement and implementation dates, and quality communication throughout.”
Mr. McHugh added, ‘We are 100% committed to supporting sustainable transport modes and the focus on increasing the use of rail, bus and cycling options for commuters. However, there are very real concerns amongst the business community on the growing constraints of the road network within the island. It is crucial that the feedback and concerns of the community here are taken on board.”
In concluding, Mr. McHugh added, “There will be traffic implications in the short term with the capacity improvement works and with the planned implementation of the transportation study, but this is also the opportunity to counterbalance the existing access issues and holistically address and improve the permeability of the island for commuters, visitors and residents alike. Cork Chamber is fully committed to progressing improvements for Little Island.”