I am convinced that a road like the Croom bypass, with bypasses at Charleville and Buttevant, would be more than adequate, but if the decision-makers insist on a dual carriageway, why not have it by upgrading most of the present road? 

The section between Blarney and Mallow has three lanes in many places and there is adequate room for another lane, plus a right-hand turning lane. within the NRA’s current boundaries. 

When taking the width of a traffic lane at 10 feet and cycleways at four feet, then a width of 60 feet is more than adequate. There is no need for hard shoulders — just cycle lanes. 

You have only to see the fine dual carriageway that was built in confined space between the Kinsale Road roundabout and Cork city centre. This could be done also between Patrickswell and the end of Croom bypass. 

For the remaining section to Charleville, a second two-lane roadway could be built alongside the current main road, as was done on the Limerick-Shannon or the Bandon Road dual carriageways. 

There is no harm having a small number of farm and house entrances off a dual carriageway, as can be seen from the above routes. 

For the section between Charleville and Mallow, much of the current road could be upgraded, leaving only the section from Velvetstown to Boherash Cross for a new road. In this area the road authority has purchased and walled off land that could be utilised on both sides of the present road. 

This proposal would save the country hundreds of millions of euro and valuable farmland. There would also be less interference with people’s property. 

Michael Cummins 
Limerick Road 
Co Cork