'SHARING SPACE' – REMOVING TRAFFIC LIGHTS
Fermoy Town Council is to investigate the possibly of adopting the concept of ‘Sharing Space’, where they would remove traffic lights to facilitate a free flow system as adopted by towns in the Netherlands.
“It will be a super challenge but we think it would be a great opportunity for Fermoy to consider that option,” states Barry O’Neill, secretary of the Fermoy Business Association.
He spoke to The Avondhu on foot of a meeting between Fermoy Enterprise Board and the business association which took place on Tuesday night last, August 26 to discuss the Draft Traffic Management Plan for the area as published by Cork County Council/Fermoy Town Council.
“The Draft Management Traffic Plan has been approved and will be submitted. There was a good turnout at the meeting and everything ran efficiently and smoothly. It was agreed that the ‘Sharing Space’ concept to facilitate free flow of traffic, and the proposed pedestrianisation of Kent Street / Elbow lane area would be proposed to both councils in due course,” Mr. O’Neill told The Avondhu.
The plan, which was unveiled last May, has enjoyed mixed reactions from the public and local councillors. Some of the proposals include the potential loss of 50 car parking spaces in the town centre, controversial proposals for the future of the Fermoy bridge as well as traffic flow strategies.
Thursday 28th August 6:43pm