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Documentary about Cork’s 1968 motorway plans at Crawford Gallery

  • 05-09-2023 4:45pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,502 ✭✭✭

    Don’t know if it is any good or not, but Crawford Art Gallery in Cork is currently showing a documentary film about the opposition to the infamous 1968 report on Cork traffic that proposed elevated highways around the city’s historic centre.

    THE SPRAWLING OCTOPUS OF AN ELEVATED HIGHWAY | Michelle Delea - Crawford Art Gallery

    The still that accompanies the ad is a striking illustration of exactly where the ramps would have been, although, if the plan had happened, there’s no way many of those buildings would still be standing today...


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,547 ✭✭✭AugustusMinimus

    Would have been like the M8 going through the centre of Glasgow. Thank god it didn’t happen.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,872 ✭✭✭Chris_5339762

    The M8 was less destructive in that it generally followed areas of war damage. For a road nerd though, the M8 is an absolutely awesome drive and the Kingston Bridge is just ridiculous in how big it is, but I'd rather not have it in Cork really.

  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 14,379 Mod ✭✭✭✭marno21

    Thank Christ it didn’t happen. It would have been a disaster in Cork as the streets are too narrow to handle the large volume of last mile journeys from traffic exiting the urban motorways

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,505 ✭✭✭✭L1011

    The image in the first post implies that an elevated motorway could have run over buildings - that is astoundingly rare. Pretty much everything in the image would have been knocked instead.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,872 ✭✭✭Chris_5339762

    It would need to be, if you look closesly one of the piers is actually blocking the entrance to the carpark.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,502 ✭✭✭KrisW1001

    Yes, the image is mostly to indicate to people who know Cork where exactly the road would have gone...

    The church would not have been knocked (Ireland in the 1970s,remember?) but it would have had a ramp directly behind it.

    I have seen an architect's drawing of this section from a different angle, possibly drawn by one of the campaigners, and it really showed how little attention the consultants had paid to the local surroundings.