LITTLE ISLAND TRAFFIC SURVEY
As members know, some time ago we conducted a survey of members opinions on traffic in Little Island as the issues relating to the increase in traffic in the area due to the increase in new businesses and the increase in the number of people working in Little Island has become a serious issue. Members were asked for their opinions on the following -
a) The cause of the traffic congestion
b) What solutions they would put forward
CRITERIA FOR THE SURVEY
This survey is the first step in assessing the needs of Little Island in the short, medium and long term. With up to 1,000 different companies and over 16,000 employees and people entering and leaving Little Island every day, the requirement of providing a proper and fit for purpose infrastructure in Little Island that allows free movement of people and progress for the future is a vital part of a modern location. In assessing the situation in Little Island with regard to its current traffic issues, this survey is only seeking to express the opinions of those who contributed to it. It is not a plan for implementation and is merely an opinion based document that has the potential to progress to another stage that would see it discussed and analysed by the relevant agencies who have jurisdiction for the planning, development and future shape of the region as a whole, which Little Island is a key part of.
AIMS OF THE SURVEY
a) To assess the situation of traffic in Little Island at the current time.
b) To understand the views and concerns of members of Little Island Business Association.
c) To understand the views and concerns of employees working in Little Island.
d) To assess the traffic management requirements of Little Island for its future growth.
d) To look at recommendations for the future of Little Island.
OVERVIEW OF THE REPLIES RECEIVED
We received over 260 replies from members, employees and interested parties and it is clear from the replies that there are a number of reasons for the traffic congestion and a number of short, medium and long term solutions to the issue. To produce the results of this survey, all replies have been analysed in detail and a synopsis of these replies has been developed to produce the results contained herein.
CAUSES OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION
1. Start time for most people at key hours of between 8am and 9am.
2. Departure time from Little Island for most people is between 4.45pm and 5.45pm.
3. The use of Eastgate Business Park as an access point to the An Crompan roundabout for people coming from other parts of the Island creates delays for those within Eastgate Business Park.
4. The Island Cross junction is inadequate and not fit for purpose.
5. Not enough public transport links for Little Island and in particular buses.
6. People not using public transport enough and with two train stations within easy distance of Little Island, there should be more use made of these facilities.
7. Motorists jumping queue system on slip road for Little Island Eastbound on the N25
SOLUTIONS AS PUT FORWARD
1. More people coming from the West should use the R623 slip road at the Dunkettle Roundabout to access Little Island.
2. Additional filter lane to the left when exiting Eastgate for traffic going to Glounthaune direction
Little Island and Glounthaune Railway Stations.
3. Businesses should seek to implement flexitime where possible for employees.
4. Implement a car pooling policy for Little Island that companies can manage themselves.
5. What has been proven to work very successfully in similar industrial complexes in Germany and the Netherlands is the personalised Travel Planning concept that looks at how workers travel to sites and looks at a variety of ways and incentives to 'flatten the peak' and reduce localised congestion. This could be through the use of car pooling and ride sharing through smart phone apps, real time information for trains, buses etc, bringing employees in to work earlier/later to do yoga classes, football etc, rearranging delivery times, renting bikes at the train station etc and looking how businesses could share facilities like showers, cycle parking etc. A Dublin based company Aecom have undertaken very similar projects for companies like Dell, DIT, KPMG, Pfizer etc but also on a city-wide basis in Singapore and have a lot of expertise there. www.smartertravelworkplaces.ie/partners/aecom/
6. A bicycle system for Little Island which could be made available similar to the Cork city initiative.
7. The 'Cycle to Work Scheme to be implemented and managed by Little Island Business Association so that more people are encouraged to own bicycles. The Cycle to Work Scheme is a tax incentive scheme which aims to encourage employees to cycle to and from work. Under the scheme employers c
From time to time we will be holding Network Plus events where one of our members or a guest speaker will be giving their time and expertise to benefit other members in both business and/or social areas.
If you are interested in participating and giving a talk or demonstration, please contact us on 021 500 3064.
Little Island Business Association holds a very popular monthly network meeting on the second last Wednesday of every month. This is to encourage members to get to know each other and to do business with fellow members. Selected members are invited to introduce themselves, describe their business and tell the meeting what they hope to get out of it or what they have to offer. The meetings will be held at 9:00 am sharp at The Elm Tree Restaurant in Glounthaune.
The schedule for 2014 is:
Please contact us if you would like more information
A GREAT PLACE TO DO BUSINESS AND A GREAT COMMUNITY TO DO BUSINESS WITH
The Little Island Business Association will host its first ever showcase on October 21st & 22nd 2014. This event is being organised as a platform for showcasing the diversity of products, services and industry located here in East Cork and will be open to the public, free of charge. The LIBA Showcase 2014 will take place in the ballroom of the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Little Island and will have plenty of access and parking.
Booking is on a first come, first served basis with full payment required for confirmation.
We have a marketing and public relations campaign with Incidium Marketing and will be partnering with a popular local radio station to promote the event.
The LIBA Showcase 2014 is an ideal way to promote and generate new business in a very cost effective way. The LIBA Showcase is also a new way for us to promote the area to prospective new business owners to visit and learn more about locating their business in this region.
We have the location, we have the space and above all we have the business association to support people who come to our community.
Further details are available from the LIBA office: 021 500 3064 or email@example.com
Elle Exclusively for Ladies is a free social club for women in Cork who work in the home or in business.
Managed by Lorraine O’ Neill of The Elm Tree this members club is free to join and offers discounts, social events, news and support to women in the Cork Area. Contact Lorraine on firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 804 6414 for more information and to join.
One of the benefits of joining is receiving the ELLE key tag. You will receive exclusive benefits by presenting them to: TABLE RESTAURANT (BROWN THOMAS), GLANMIRE BEAUTY CENTRE, VIBRANCE HAIR, SHIRLEY'S BEAUTY, BALLYSEEDY GARDEN CENTRE, FOTA ISLAND SPA, GHS (GLANMIRE HAIR STUDIO), TEAM THOMAS FITNESS, SOLO HAIR DESIGN, REJUNENATE GLANMIRE, PHARMACY FIRST PLUS, FLOWER POWER GLOUNTHAUNE, FRAN & JANE BOUTIQUE, KEANE'S JEWELLERS, EVOLUTION HAIR, IKON HAIR, SALT THERAPHY, CLUB BRASSERIE, MAHON POINT SHOPPING CENTRE (MALL PROMO)...If you'd like full listing re sent to you please contact email@example.com
See Elle Exclusively for Ladies on facebook here.
Little Island Business Association will host The LIBA Awards 2014 on Friday November 21st at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Little Island. The Awards will be a black tie gala night with dinner and dancing in the Ballroom and would be an ideal way for companies to celebrate Christmas with their staff.
This is an annual awards scheme for the Little Island business, employee, and residential community and there will be several award categories. A panel of judges will be in place to select the winners. The award ceremony will be part of an annual dinner and a prominent and interesting guest speaker will attend.
Tickets for the black tie event will be priced at €75 each and tables of 10 are available at €700. Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
The Little Island Customer Service Person of the Year
The Little Island Employee of the Year
The Little Island Community Project of the Year
The Little Island Business Person of the Year
The Little Island New Business of the Year
The Little Island Best Kept Area of the Year
The Little Island Company of the Year
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate a business, organization or employee. Just state the name of the person or business and give us a reason why you think they deserve the award.
Please contact us if you would like more information
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