Cork Lord Mayor says closure of town station on jazz festival weekend ‘unfortunate’

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CORK OFFICIALS have urged revelers to head into town for next weekend’s jazz festival despite news that there will be no direct airport or train service on the bank holiday weekend.

Work on the runway has meant the city’s airport will be closed until November and the city’s Kent station will be closed next week as work is underway on a new signaling service.

The pandemic prevented the festival from taking place last year and it is expected to return next week.

But Iarnród Éireann apologized after announcing that Cork Kent Station will not be open to intercity trains from Dublin and that suburban connections from Cobh, Midleton and Mallow will not be available.

Instead, train users will be brought by bus into the city from Mallow and other surrounding areas by rail service.

Cork Airport will also not offer a solution for festival-goers, as no flights will land or take off from the facility overlooking Leeside due to essential works.

There will be no flights to Cork Airport on public holidays.

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Colm Kelleher, Lord Mayor of Ireland‘s second largest city, said the move represented a loss of connectivity for one of the city’s biggest entertainment weekends of the year.

“The airport is essential work – it has to be done – to be honest it’s just a shame that this happens during Jazz weekend,” he said.

“Nevertheless, we will not cry over spilled milk, but it is unfortunate what is also happening with the station. But that being said, Cork is open for business.

Kelleher said the city has strong connectivity roads on the M8 motorway and other roads that connect the region to the rest of the country.

“We didn’t have the Jazz Weekend last year because of Covid, but I’ve spoken with hoteliers, hoteliers and restaurateurs and retailers all over town and they’re gearing up for a great weekend, ”he said.

“We’re going to have live music back in town, in the traditional way we had in previous years.

“We may not have the international reach that we had in previous years, but I implore anyone interested in jazz or just having a good time, to come to Cork next weekend.”

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There will be no train service to Kent station for the October bank holiday.

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Helen Murphy, of the Cork Business Association, said businesses in the city see the airport and railway works as a sign the state is building Cork for the future.

“There’s a great buzz, a great vibe in the streets here right now – it’s a great place to be right now. We are dynamic, we are here, we exchange ”, she declared.

“The work in progress at the airport and on the rail network is very important work.

“There is never an easy way or a good time to complete these multi-million euro projects and investments, but when completed, these transport hubs will facilitate much better connectivity, both nationally. and international. ”

Iarnród Éireann spokesman Barry Kenny said the € 8million project was being completed over the bank holiday weekend as it was determined it would cause the least disruption.

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“The commissioning of the signage is the culmination of a major project that has lasted for two years,” he said.

“With 11 days required for full commissioning, the impact on services was inevitable and the resource planning for completion in October has been in place for many months.

“This was to ensure that the medium term was used, a period of less travel, and was also scheduled at a time when it was understood that there would be no jazz festival this year.”

Kenny added that Irish Rail will set up plenty of buses for people traveling on weekends to make it easier to attend the festival.

A spokesperson for Cork Airport said the DAA, which operates the airport, is investing 40 million euros in the “sustainability” of the facility in Ireland’s second city.

To do this, there will be no operations for ten weeks from September 13 to November 22.

These works include a new electrical substation, an upgrade of its hold baggage security control system, and runway works.

“The reconstruction of the main runway at Cork Airport will be the fastest large-scale construction project undertaken in the state in recent years – 12 months from approval of funding to completion of major works – encompassing EU tendering, design, regulatory approvals and construction.

“The project is proceeding as planned and we look forward to reopening at 2:00 am on November 22, 2021 in anticipation of a busy holiday season,” a spokesperson said.

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