Approaching Cork City from the East

 

 

Cork County Council’s Roads Directorate maintains the largest road network (12,555 km) of any local authority in the country. The Council is continuing to invest significant resources into improving and maintaining roads across the county.

Roads Contact Details

 

 

 

 

Roads Enquiry

Report an issue

Cork County Council, as a Roads Authority, has the power to abandon local roads. This function is reserved to the Elected Members and entails public consultation. The Minister, following consultation with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) must however approve an Order to abandon a national or regional road. Once a road has been abandoned, the Road Authority is no longer responsible for its maintenance but the abandonment does not affect the public right of way over the road, which continues to exist.

Further information is available from:

Roads (Finance & Administration), Courthouse, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

Tel: 028 21299

Email: roads@corkcoco.ie

There is a permit system for the movement of abnormal loads. For further information and / or to apply, please click on the Guidance Notes and Application Form below:

Abnormal Loads - Guidance Notes

Abnormal Loads - Application Form

What is ‘Adopt a Road’ Scheme?

Cork County Council’s ‘Adopt a Road’ Scheme involves a participating Group from the Business or Voluntary / Community Sector adopting a designated stretch of road, for the purpose of removing litter from the roadside verges.
The Scheme benefits all parties involved by helping to reduce litter and its associated problems, while advertising and highlighting the efforts of the participating Business or Group.


What is ‘Adopt a Roundabout’ Scheme?

Cork County Council’s ‘Adopt a Roundabout’ Scheme involves a participating non-Voluntary Company / Business adopting a Roundabout for the purpose of landscaping and maintenance.
The Scheme benefits all parties involved by enhancing the appearance of roundabouts, while advertising and highlighting the efforts of the participating Business or Company.

For further information and / or to apply, please click on the relevant Application Form below.

Adopt a Road Application Form

Adopt a Roundabout Application Form

Completed Application Forms should be returned to your local Municipal District Engineer’s Office, with whom you should liaise prior to making an Application.

For further information and / or to apply, please click on the Application Form / Explanatory Notes below:

Bus Stop Application Form (Bus Operator Companies only)

Bus Stop Explanatory Notes

The Community Involvement Scheme is a joint venture approach between the Council and local Communities, for the purpose of carrying out maintenance and improvement works on suitable Regional and Local Roads. Cork County Council will only consider proposals where a local financial contribution applies. The local contribution is 15% of the estimated cost of the work. The Council will only accept monetary contributions in advance from the community and will carry out all of the approved works on the Scheme, on payment of the required amount subject to the availability of grant funding.

Completed applications should be returned to your local Municipal District Engineer's Office, from where further details are available. For further information and / or to apply, please click on the Application Form / Explanatory Memo below:

Community Involvement Scheme Application Form / Explanatory Memo

The Cork County Road Schedule Viewer outlines the extent of roads and road numbers in the charge of Cork County Council, along with contact details for the various Municipal District Engineering Offices.

Under Section 76 of the Roads Act 1993, Landowners and occupiers of land are obliged to take all reasonable steps to ensure that water can drain off a public road onto their land and to ensure that water, soil or other materials do not escape from their land on to the road.

 

Offenders may be served with a notice by the Council, which if not acted upon, can lead to prosecutions and fines if pursued through the Courts.  

 

If you require further information, please contact your local Municipal District Engineer's Office or see here.

 

         Emergency Contact Numbers:

 

Emergency Services (if life is at risk)

112 or 999

Cork County Council Roads Emergency
(out of hours – weekends, public holidays and on weekdays after 5pm and before 9am)

021 4800048

Cork County Council Roads Emergency
(out of hours – weekends, public holidays and on weekdays after 5pm and before 9am)

0818 715100

Cork County Council Water Services
(office hours)

021 4285353

Emergency Number for Irish Water Drinking Water & Waste Water Services

(out of hours)

1850 278278

Gas Networks Emergency Number

1850 20 50 50

ESB Networks Emergency (overhead wires)

Public Lighting Emergency

1850 372 999

1800 372 772

Eir

1901

Irish Water   

1901

 

If your query relates to a particular Engineering Area, please contact your local Municipal District Engineering office.

Municipal District Engineering offices in County Cork are as follows:

 

Area

Phone Number

Ballincollig

021-4870541

Bandon

023-8841181

Bantry

027-50058

Blarney

021-4381227

Castletownbere

027-70017

Carrigaline

021-4371800

Charleville

063-81348

Clonakilty

023-8833347

Cobh

021-4811307

Dunmanway

023-8845209

Fermoy

025-31155

Glanmire

021-4866834

Kanturk

029-50040

Kinsale

021-4772137

Macroom

026-41047

Mallow

022-30427/30423

Midleton

021-4631554

Millstreet

029-70026

Mitchelstown

025-24944

Newmarket

029-60018

Schull

028-28128

Skibbereen

028-21299

Youghal

024-92365

 

This power is devolved to the Elected Members. However the approval of the Minister is required where the extinguishment applies over a national or regional road. In the case of a National road, the Minister must consult with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

Once a Public Right of Way has been extinguished, the public no longer have a right to use the road. The Road Authority is no longer responsible for maintaining the road.

Further information is available from:

Roads (Finance & Administration), Courthouse, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

Tel:  028 21299

Email:  roads@corkcoco.ie

 

Under Section 70 of the Roads Act 1993, landowners and occupiers of land are obliged to take all reasonable care to ensure that trees, ditches, hedges and other vegetation growing on their land are not or could not become a danger to people using or working on a public road. Examples of hazards might be dead or dying trees, ditches or hedges interfering with traffic, blocking footpaths, obscuring road signs or obscuring a view of the road ahead. You are required to fell, cut, log, trim or remove such trees, ditches and hedges so as to prevent them from becoming a hazard to persons or property in the area. Adequate signposting should be provided and the Council and Gardai notified before works commence. Hedgecutting operations should only be undertaken outside the critical nesting period of 1st March to 31st August. The Roads Act states that liability for damage or injury resulting from such hazards will rest with the landowner/occupier.

If you require any further information, please contact your local Municipal District Engineer’s Office.

Community Hedge Cutting Scheme Application Form click here

 

If you wish to report an issue relating to trees or hedges please use our online portal

Cork County Council has prepared two Noise Action Plans:

  1. The unified urban areas of Cork city and county (in conjunction with Cork City Council)
  2. Major roads in County Cork

The purpose of the Noise Action Plans is to act as a means of managing environmental noise, and to meet the aims of the European Noise Directive (END) of preventing, and reducing where necessary, environmental noise through the adoption of the Plans.

For more information on the Plans, please email: national.roads@corkrdo.ie

Property Owners have responsibilities under the Roads Act 1993. These include:

 

Hedge and/or tree cutting

Under Section 70 of the Roads Act 1993, landowners and occupiers of land are obliged to take all reasonable care to ensure that trees, ditches, hedges and other vegetation growing on their land are not or could not become a danger to people using or working on a public road. Examples of hazards might be dead or dying trees, ditches or hedges interfering with traffic, blocking footpaths, obscuring road signs or obscuring a view of the road ahead. You are required to fell, cut, log, trim or remove such trees, ditches and hedges so as to prevent them from becoming a hazard to persons or property in the area. Adequate signposting should be provided and the Council and Gardai notified before works commence. Hedgecutting operations should only be undertaken outside the critical nesting period of 1st March to 31st August. The Roads Act states that liability for damage or injury resulting from such hazards will rest with the landowner/occupier.

If you require any further information, please contact your local Municipal District Engineer’s Office.

If you wish to report an issue relating to trees or hedges please use our online portal

 

Drainage

Under Section 76 of the Roads Act 1993, Landowners and occupiers of land are obliged to take all reasonable steps to ensure that water can drain off a public road onto their land and to ensure that water, soil or other materials do not escape from their land on to the road.

 

Offenders may be served with a notice by the Council, which if not acted upon, can lead to prosecutions and fines if pursued through the Courts.  

 

If you require further information, please contact your local Municipal District Engineer's Office .

 

Mud and/or debris on roads

Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993 also makes it an offence to deposit materials on a public road, or to permit mud or anything that falls from a vehicle to remain on the public road, so as to cause a hazard or potential hazard to road users, or to obstruct or interfere with the safe use of the road.

If you require any further information, please contact your local Municipal District Engineer's Office .

If you wish to report any damage to roads or footpaths, including potholes, please use our online portal.

A Road Opening Licence must be obtained from Cork County Council for any excavation on a public road (pavement), footpath, grass margin and public car park.

An application for a Road Opening Licence must be made via the Maproad Roadworks Licensing System (MRL). This System is facilitated and supported by the Road Management Office (RMO).  All applicants must register in advance through the RMO and must submit evidence of compliant Insurances in the required format. You can register as a new Applicant hereand user queries can be directed here.

All road opening work must be carried out in accordance with the 'Purple Book' Guidelines for Managing Openings in Public Roads - current revision April 2017

 

Emergency Van
                                   Roads Emergency Call Out Van                     

Winter Service Plan 2017-2018 for Roads

Cork County Council is responsible for the maintenance of 494kms of National Roads and 12,136km of Regional and Local Roads. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Winter Service Plan attached provides the framework for dealing with winter weather conditions.

Winter Service Plan 2017 to 2018 for Roads

 

Road Treatment Routes

The objective of the winter maintenance programme is to provide, so far as is reasonably practical, for the safe movement of road users on the National Roads and other strategic routes during adverse weather conditions. As it is not feasible to treat all public roads, it is necessary to create a schedule of route prioritisation. Routes are designated a priority rating of between 1 and 3, based upon the road classification, the traffic volume carried, public transport usage, and the importance of the route on a national, regional, or local level.

To view the Road Treatment Routes click here

The priority rating assigned to a particular route also has an associated stated level of service to be delivered on the route as outlined in the following table:

Route Designation

Description

Level of Service

Priority 1

Those routes which are essential to be kept serviceable in all weather conditions, as far as reasonably practicable, (Red).

To be treated during all weather events

Priority 2

Those routes which are desirable to be kept serviceable in normal winter weather conditions, as far as reasonably practicable, (Blue).

To be treated as part of the winter service on nights where widespread ice / frost on roads is anticipated. There may be interruptions to treatment in certain severe weather events where efforts need to be concentrated on Priority 1 Routes. 

Priority 3

Those routes that could be kept serviceable once Priority 1 and 2 routes have been treated, if resources allow,(Green).

Not treated as part of the normal winter service but may receive intermittent treatment during certain weather events

 

Road Treatment Routes

In Ireland there can be nights when temperatures are very close to zero. This makes it more difficult to accurately predict frost than in colder countries. 

It takes a number of hours to organise a salting route and operations, meaning that some journeys may start or end on an untreated section of the route.

In heavy rain, salt can be washed away and the wet surface may subsequently freeze if the temperature falls below zero.

 

Footpaths  

Footpaths, cycle-ways, and other local roads will be treated in towns, villages, and city environs, as local resources permit, when a prolonged period of snow / icy conditions occur.

 

NOTE: The Motorways, Dual Carriageways (including the road from Mallow to Cork) in County Cork are now treated by a contractor on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), any enquiries should be made to the following number: 0818 715100.

 

WARNING

In freezing conditions, always drive with great care even if the road has been salted.

 

Grit Locations

 

Grit will be made available at multiple locations across the county for use by local communities.

1. Grit will be made available for Community use in rural areas at stockpiles. For locations of stockpiles click here. Stocks will be put in place in the first week of November and can be replenished as required by contacting the Municipal District Engineer's Offices.

2. The Council does not accept any liability for issues arising from the use of grit made available at the stockpiles, and notes the advice issued by the Attorney General and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Co-operation with the Irish Farmers' Association and/or other similar organisation(s) during Severe Weather Events will be facilitated when required.

 

Salt Bins

Provision of Salt Bins in Estates

Salt bins and a fill of salt are being offered to a limited number of Residents' Associations and/or Community Groups on a shared funding basis.
 
1. The Council is in a position on a once off basis to subsidise the provision and filling of bins in a maximum of 100 estates (10 per Municipal District). Only one bin per estate will be considered - location to be agreed with the Municipal District Engineer. If necessary, estates will be prioritised on the basis of (a) the number of houses involved and (b) the gradients in the estate. Residents' Associations/Community Councils must apply, in writing, to their local Municipal District Engineer in order to be considered.
 
2. The Council will only deal with bona fide Residents' Associations/Community Councils, who are prepared to take responsibility for the bin, its contents, and spreading of salt.
 
3. An 800 litre bin with a lock will be provided. Smaller bins of 400 litre or 260 litre are also available, if requested.
 
4. Initial payment of €50 will be required (Actual cost is approx. €250 - €180 for bin, plus additional €70 for salt). This represents a subsidisation of  80% of the cost. Further payment of €20 will be required for a refill of the bin.
 
5. Any accessories, such as shovels, will not be provided by the Council.
 
6. Each Residents' Association/Community Council will be responsible for the maintenance and safe operation of the gritting operations.  
 

Salt Bin Application Form

Cork County Council encourages all citizens to sign up for updates on severe weather using the Map Alerter app.

Information in relation to Speed Limits can be found here.

 

 

To declare a road to be public, the road must be of general public utility and a public right of way must exist over the road. The Road Authority must consider the financial implications of taking on responsibility for an additional public road, and must consider any objections or representations made by the public. 

The making of an Order declaring a road to be a public road and the consideration of objections or representations on such a proposal are functions reserved to the Elected Members.


Further information is available from:

Roads (Finance & Administration), Courthouse, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Tel:  028 21299

Email: roads@corkcoco.ie

If the application is for taking in charge a road in a Housing Estate, application forms are available from the Planning Department.

If you are undertaking works or holding an event which necessitates the temporary closure of a public road, you will require the permission of Cork County Council.

For further information and / or to apply please click on the Application Form / Explanatory Notes below:

Temporary Road Closure Application Form

Temporary Road Closure Explanatory Notes

Cork County Council wishes to advise that it is an offence under the Roads Act 1993 to place or retain a vehicle or sign for the purposes of advertising, sale of goods, provision of services or other similar purpose on a public road / roadside without the consent of the Road Authority.

This includes vehicles offered for sale on public roads, footpaths, grass margins or hard shoulders.

The owners of any such unauthorised vehicles and / or signs will be instructed to remove them with immediate effect. Failure to do so will result in the Council arranging for removal of the vehicle /sign without further notice.  Removal and storage costs will be recouped by the Council and these are likely to be substantial.

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Roads Directorate, Annabella, Mallow