A big upgrade is hitting Bandon town this week as part of a nationwide movement to protect schoolchildren.
Cork County Council have confirmed plans to begin a 9-week upgrade on Casement Road in the West Cork town, with the aim of providing safe passage to children travelling to and from the local Gaelscoil Dhroichead na Banndan.
The project hopes to improve facilities for Bandon’s drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and should see new footpaths and road signs as well as a series of kerb and road realignments in the area.
Site set-up will start tomorrow at 8 am with main works scheduled to begin on Monday the 24th. It is expected there will be traffic disruptions and delays throughout the works, and motorists are advised to allow extra time for commutes down Casement Road.
The upgrade comes as part of the Government’s Safe Routes to School programme, a nationwide movement providing funding to boost the number of children walking or cycling to school every day.
Welcoming the news, TD Gillian Coughlan said: “I have been calling for improved safety measures for pedestrians from Casement Road, Bandon and surrounding estates and students travelling to and from Gaelscoil Dhroichead na Banndan and Coláiste na Toirbhirte for many years.
“The excellent Safe Routes to School Scheme, in conjunction with funding from Cork County Council will now bring these requests to fruition.”
This upgrade is just one of the big developments in Bandon lately, with the town being awarded a hefty €100k as part of a renewal scheme towards the end of last year.