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€4 million road works on N71 in Bonane underway

by Stephen Johnson A TWO-YEAR, 4-million euro project designed to improve safety on a 1.6-kilometre stretch of N71 in Bonane is finally underway. A spokesman for the National Roads Authority (NRA) told the West Cork Times this week that the project will involve the removal of more than 11,000 cubic metres of rock, which will widen the narrow road and improve safety.

Funding approved for Goggins Hill works

LOCAL Labour TD, Michael McCarthy has welcomed news that Goggins Hill (N71) Hill Drainage Improvement Scheme has been included in a €33m Roads Programme announced today.  The announcement was made as part of the Select Committee to recommend a Supplementary Estimate of €162 million for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

One killed in Crookstown accident

ONE person has died and another has been seriously injured following a road traffic accident at the Crookstown junction of the N22 Cork – Macroom Road.   The collision between a car and a truck happened just after 1.15pm. The deceased is understood to be a 74-year-old woman who was travelling in a Toyota Avensis car with her husband. He has been taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment. The

Kenmare Relief Road finally opens

by Stephen Johnson THE Eastern Relief Road in Kenmare was finally opened last week — to mixed reviews. Work on the 700-metre stretch of road, which cost 2.5 million euro, began more than three years ago. The Relief Road connects R569 (the Kilgarvin Road) with Railway Road. There are concerns that the new road will divert visitors away from the small businesses along Henry Street and Main Street in centre

New bus route proposal for Bandon

CORK Southwest Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has received confirmation from West Cork Rural Transport that they are currently considering a new bus route around the town of Bandon to replace the previous route which was run by Martin Crowley Bus Services in the town of Bandon for 14 years.

Pay parking will not be forced on West Cork towns

THE Roads and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee at Cork County Council has cladified that pay parking will not be imposed on towns that don’t currently have it. In recent months, especially since town councils were abolished, traders expressed fears that Cork County Council would attempt to impose a system of harmonised pay parking across the county. The Strategic Policy Committee is tasked with formulating a draft policy to present to

Crumbling road surface on N71 in Leap to continue until 2016

LOCAL Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has criticised the National Roads Authority and the stated position of their programme manager Gary Lynch in relation to the condition of the road surface at Leap. In a letter issued by the NRA in response to Deputy Daly’s representations, Mr Lynch stated that “strengthening works have been identified on the N71 in Leap and the works are currently scheduled to be undertaken in

Kerry Airport experiences major drop in passenger traffic

by Stephen Johnson   THE number of passengers using Kerry Airport declined by almost a third between 2008 and 2013 according to Irish aviation statistics published recently. According to figures were released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of passengers using Kerry airport fell sharply in the period, dropping from a high of 426,115 in 2008 to 306,042 in 2013.

Council called on to improve condition of “Gateway to West Cork”

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West Jim Daly has expressed his dissatisfaction with the current condition of the area surrounding the Halfway Roundabout which he labelled as the Gateway to West Cork.   In a letter written to the County Manager Tim Lucey by Deputy Daly he stated that the current condition of the verges, the road edge and the roundabout centre was something that caused him great annoyance