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November, IÉ applied for planning permission to re-locate the former signalbox,
a protected structure, 2.1m south of its existing location. This is required to
allow the down platform to be extended.
October, Cork County Council granted planning permission for a new station 3
miles west of the existing Carrigtwohill station. The station will be jointly
funded by a development company and the IDA. The new station will service the
nearby IDA industrial estate and Fota Retail and Business Park where nearly
3,500 people are employed. It will include a 90m long platform, shelters, ticket
vending machines and a 94 space car park.
November, An Bord Pleanála refused CIÉ planning permission for a new station
at Dunkettle on the grounds ‘that development of the kind proposed would be
premature pending the determination by the planning authority and the National
Roads Authority of a road layout for the Dunkettle Interchange’. Cork County
Council identified the site in July 2006, and granted CIÉ permission to build
on it on 3 June 2008. This was appealed by the NRA. The Cork County Manager
criticised the decision saying it went against Government policies to encourage
people onto public transport.
continues around the selection of the location for the new Oranmore station in
the Athenry-Galway section. Local politicians are unhappy because the location
selected by IÉ at Garraun is too far from the village and adjacent industrial
estate. IÉ were quoted as saying that the former MGWR Oranmore station location
was unsuitable as it did not have sufficient space for Park+Ride facilities. IÉ
said the station will have a cycle track and pedestrian walkways linking it with
both Oranmore and Doughiska areas.
October, An Bord Pleanála advised CIÉ that significant changes would need to
be made to its planning application for upgrade of Tara St station including
construction of a 60m high office block (See JOURNAL 170). The Bord said that
the proposed office building, because of its height and scale, would
"adversely affect the setting of the Custom House, a protected structure of
primary national importance, and by itself and by precedent, unduly detract from
the visual character and amenities of the city centre". The Bord indicated
that the main building needs to be reduced to 49.1m (161ft) and other buildings
to be reduced by 11.7m (38ft) to correspond with the reduction in height of the
main tower. It also said the layout at ground floor level "unduly restricts
accessibility and circulation between the station concourse and the public
realm". It has directed that it also be redesigned. The Bord gave CIÉ
until 27 November to submit new designs and said it intends to make its final
decision on the project by 1 February 2010. However during the public hearing on
the proposed development in July 2009, CIÉ said the loss of any floors from the
office tower would significantly reduce its commercial viability.
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